The U.S. Army plans to publish a new solicitation for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program next month, the service announced.
The competitive request for proposal (RFP) is expected to be released on or about Dec. 18, said Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional (NGCV CFT) Team.
“We want the best in the hands of our Soldiers, because when our nation calls, our women and men will stand ready,” Coffman said. “As long as we give them the right orders, the right mission and the right equipment, they will, as they always have been, be successful.”
The new request is slated to ask for concept designs of the OMFV that will transform the way infantry Soldiers and maneuver formations fight on a battlefield. Up to five contracts will be awarded in June as part of that effort, followed by a second competitive RFP for a detailed design about a year and a half later.
The Army plans to field the OMFV to both active and National Guard armored brigade combat teams starting in fiscal year 2028. About $4.6 billion is currently invested in the program from fiscal 2020-2026, Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, the Army’s G-8, said during a presentation in late May.
Survivability will be the No. 1 characteristic of the OMFV, so it can fight through an enemy security zone while protecting the infantry Soldiers inside. Other characteristics include mobility, growth, lethality, weight, logistics, transportability, manning, and training.
U.S. Army OMFV Program
The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program is seeking to replace the U.S. Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV).
The OMFV program is part of the larger Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) program. Other programs under NGCV are Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV; Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF; future robotic combat vehicles, or RCV; and the next-generation main battle tank.
The NGCV-OMFV will be designed to maneuver Soldiers in the future operating environment to a position of advantage to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality during the execution of combined arms maneuver. NGCV must exceed current capabilities while overmatching similar threat class systems.
The vehicle must have the following capabilities:
• Optionally manned. It must have the ability to conduct remotely controlled operations while the crew is off platform.
• Capacity. It should eventually operate with no more than two crewmen and possess sufficient volume under armor to carry at least six Soldiers.
• Transportability. Two OMFVs should be transportable by one C-17 aircraft and be ready for combat within 15 minutes.
• Dense urban terrain operations and mobility. Platforms should include the ability to super elevate weapons and simultaneously engage threats using main gun and an independent weapons system.
• Protection. It must possess requisite protection to survive on the contemporary and future battlefield.
• Growth. It will possess sufficient size, weight, architecture, power, and cooling for automotive and electrical purposes to meet all platform needs and allow for pre-planned product improvements.
• Lethality. It should apply immediate, precise and decisively lethal extended range medium caliber, directed energy, and missile fires in day/night all-weather conditions, while moving and/or stationary against moving and/or stationary targets. The platform should allow for mounted, dismount, and unmanned system target handover.
• Embedded Platform Training. It should have embedded training systems that have interoperability with the Synthetic Training Environment.
• Sustainability. Industry should demonstrate innovations that achieve breakthroughs in power generation and management to achieve increased operational range and fuel efficiency; increased silent watch, part and component reliability, and significantly reduced sustainment burden.