US Special Operations Command wants to buy 1,297 new GMVs to replace the current 1,072 Humvee-based GMVs it has in its inventory (US Army)
TAMPA, FLA. — US Special Operations Command plans to award a contract this August for the closely watched Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program, as opposed to making an award this month, said USMC Lt. Col. Ken Burger, program manager for the Family of Special Operations Vehicles.
The command wants to buy 1,297 new GMVs to replace the current 1,072 Humvee-based GMVs it has in its inventory. As Defense News has reported, the plan is to spend about $24 million on the program in fiscal 2014 for the first 101 vehicles.
The three companies competing for the work, which is expected to produce about 200 vehicles a year for seven years, are General Dynamics, current GMV-maker AM General and Navistar International. Oshkosh Defense was eliminated from the competition in January, after which it filed a protest. That protest was withdrawn in April.
Burger also gave an update on the internally transportable vehicle, which will be designed to fit in the back of a V-22 Osprey. SOCOM released a request for proposals on April 5 for the program, which calls for a lightly armored vehicle that can roll out of the back of an Osprey and begin firing mounted weapons within 60 seconds.
Burger said the plan is to request funding for the program beginning in the 2015 budget, and that industry has already started to submit its plans to meet the requirement. The Air Force special operation command will begin doing combat evaluations of prototypes in 2014.