The Army today posted the final request for proposals to open the competition for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle to replace the Bradley.
The service will award contracts using middle-tier rapid prototyping, or Section 804, authority to two vendors at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 for 14 pre-production vehicles each, two ballistic hulls and turrets, armor coupons and logistics, according to a statement from the service.
The final requirements are based on the more "aggressive" draft RFP released earlier this year.
"We have a set of attainable requirements, but it is paramount we maintain room for growth to incorporate new or improved capabilities in the future,” Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles cross-functional team, said in the statement.
The Army acquisition executive last September approved the use of Section 804 for the program up to milestone C, requiring that a prototype be fielded within five years for demonstration in an operational environment.
The service will conduct a source-selection evaluation near the end of the rapid prototyping phase to choose a single vehicle proposal for low-rate initial production, according to the Army statement.