GM Defense has joined General Dynamics Land System's team for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the companies announced today.
“I see tremendous synergies as we seek to leverage our core capabilities in integrated vehicles, power and propulsion and mobility and autonomy to support the OMFV program,” Steve duMont, GM Defense president, said in a press release.
General Dynamics is one of five companies participating in the current concept design phase of the OMFV program, which seeks to develop a new platform to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
GM Defense, a General Motors subsidiary, has focused on parts of the tactical wheeled vehicle market that are closer in weight to commercial automobile products, such as modified pickup trucks and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
The press release did not say which particular technologies GM would contribute, but it mentioned GM’s digital design, large-scale manufacturing and propulsion experience as advantages.
General Dynamics has developed a prototype 10-ton robotic ground vehicle with a hybrid powertrain and demonstrated it for the Army.
AeroVironment, Applied Intuition and General Dynamics Mission Systems were already part of the General Dynamics Land Systems OMFV team, according to the press release.
In response to questions about what technologies GM Defense will bring to the OMFV program, Don Kotchmann, vice president at General Dynamics Land Systems, wrote that GM and other partners will “add a variety of world-class capabilities and advanced technologies.”
A GM Defense spokeswoman referred questions about what technology GM Defense will provide to General Dynamics.