The Army released a request for information this week to assess the digital engineering capabilities and preferences of potential contractors for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the planned Bradley replacement.
Phases three and four of the OMFV acquisition, the digital design and prototyping phases, will begin in fiscal year 2023, and the Army wants prime contractors and subcontractors to use digital engineering to incorporate technological advances into the design.
“To maintain technological and readiness levels to outpace threats, it is critical to rapidly innovate, design, test and field and have the ability to rapidly insert new technology and capability,” the Sept. 16 request for information states. “OMFV is considering multiple options for the use of collaborative digital engineering (DE) environments for the execution of Phases 3 and 4 of the OMFV Program leading to full digital thread/digital twin capability in production including logistic products.”
The request for information asks about industry’s current capabilities and processes for digital engineering, both within individual companies and for collaboration between contractors. Other questions ask about the integration of digital design tools and logistics operations.
Responses to the request for information are due Sept. 30.