The Army has approved an acquisition strategy for the Infantry Squad Vehicle, a new lightweight, air-transportable platform the service wants to develop.
The Army plans to acquire 651 vehicles over the next five fiscal years: 17 in FY-20, 118 in FY-21, 177 in FY-22, 177 in FY-23 and 162 in FY-24, according to a notice posted last week.
The service informed industry in September it had a potential acquisition objective of 2,065 vehicles.
The ISV is intended for use by a nine-soldier infantry squad moving within "the close battle area."
The product lead for Ground Mobility Vehicles will release a draft request for prototype proposals March 29, hold an industry day April 11 and release a final RPP April 18, according to the current plan.
The Army on Aug. 29 will award prototype contracts to up to three vendors for delivery of two vehicles each on Nov.1. The service will then award one vendor a production award March 31, 2020.