General Dynamics completes GCV Preliminary Design Review
General Dynamics Land Systems’ bid for the US Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme has reached an important milestone with the completion of a successful Preliminary Design Review, marking the culmination of subsystem and design reviews held throughout August-October.
The company’s Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) has now demonstrated that the baseline vehicle design is affordable, reliable and compliant to all Tier 1 requirements, which must be delivered in the vehicle's initial configurations, and on track to gain compliance to selected Tier 2 requirements.
Robert Sorge, General Dynamics Land Systems senior director for the GCV IFV Program, said: ‘The team did an outstanding job defining a path forward for the customer on the programme. The strong performance has put us on a solid path for building the automotive test rig, continuing the system detailed design and enhancing each of the vehicle's key subsystem and component level designs during the remainder of our technology demonstration contract.’
The General Dynamics-led team was awarded a Technology Development (TD) contract for the US Army’s programme in 2011, which aims to develop and produce an affordable and operationally effective IFV in eight years. BAE Systems is also competing for the programme.
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