Army seeking new air-transportable infantry vehicle

November 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM

The Army is forming an acquisition strategy to procure more than 2,000 new lightweight, air-transportable Infantry Squad Vehicles to follow fielding of the Ground Mobility Vehicle to select units.

The ISV is planned to be “a larger competitive program of record” than the GMV, according to the program executive office for combat support and combat service support.

The Army in May leveraged a U.S. Special Operations Command contract with General Dynamics to quickly deliver a limited number of modified GMVs to airborne infantry units. GD is now filling a production order for 118 vehicles to equip three airborne brigade combat teams by the end of 2019, the Army PEO said this month.

After those units are equipped with the GMV, the service will deliver the ISV, giving a long-term capability to the active, Guard and Reserve components.

The ISV would have many of the same requirements as the GMV, including nine-soldier capacity, a 3,200-pound payload and the ability to be transported by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

“The estimated total requirement is for 2,065 vehicles,” with production scheduled to start in fiscal year 2020 at “less than 100 vehicles per year,” according to a Sept. 24 market survey posted to Federal Business Opportunities.

The Army notes in the survey it may use an other transaction agreement to procure those vehicles.