HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army expects to release a final request for proposals for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle on Friday, according to the official in charge of the program.
Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles cross-functional team, told reporters here at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Summit that the final RFP would be pared down from the draft RFP released earlier this year.
"We put out a very, very aggressive draft RFP, because we knew that was not attainable in its entirety," Coffman said today.
In terms of capability, he said the Army would be willing to accept proposals that meet lower-end or "threshold" requirements -- like a 30 mm cannon instead of a 50 mm one, or 2nd GEN Forward Looking Infrared instead of 3rd GEN -- based on industry's ability to meet the service's expedited time line.
The Army is pushing to field the OMFV by 2026.