US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

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US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Beitrag von theoderich » Mo 8. Okt 2018, 21:30

AUSA 2018: General Dynamics swoops in with 50mm-equipped Griffin

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General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has unveiled its new Griffin III technology demonstrator, which the company is hoping will help the US Army inform future requirements for the service’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle.

Making its debut at the AUSA 2018 exhibition in Washington DC, the vehicle is based on an ASCOD chassis and incorporates a newly-developed autoloading turret with a 50mm cannon developed by the US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The vehicle builds on work already carried out by GDLS on the US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower programme, where the company is offering the Griffin II. The second iteration of the Griffin platform features a modified Abrams turret with a 105mm gun.

The Griffin III on display at AUSA would be able to accommodate up to six soldiers and, depending on developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, could be operated by a crew of just two.

According to Mike Peck, the director of BD at GDLS, the turret design including the width and height has been heavily influenced by the large developmental 50mm gun.

The turret is the same width as the vehicle itself, owing to the large dimensions of the ammunition, while the height of the vehicle is increased to enable the barrel to elevate up to +85 degrees. The barrel can also drop to -20 degrees in elevation.

Peck told Shephard firing trials of the gun and turret would likely take place next summer, although not on a vehicle chassis. Design of the turret has taken around a year and a half, and if necessary can incorporate an already-qualified 30mm gun if required.
The vehicle’s gross vehicle weight is ‘a little less than 40t’, although this is without additional armour, added according to Peck.

The platform on display at AUSA also featured an Iron Fist Active Protection System, along with a unique hexagonal camouflage called Tacticam from Armorworks that is designed to reduce a vehicle’s signature. Other features of the turret includes cannisters for loitering munitions, as well as advanced optics in the form of Wescam’s MX-GCS.

Vehicle situational awareness and protection are also improved through the integration of an all-round vision system and laser warning sensors. ... uipped-gr/

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AUSA 2018: Army pursues expanded vision for NGCV (7. Oktober 2018)
The US Army is implementing a significant change to its Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) programme.

A new expanded structure was unveiled during a breakout session at the recent 2018 Maneuver Warfighter Conference, held at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Ft. Benning, Georgia.

In a briefing hosted by Brig Gen Ross Coffman, director of the army’s NGCV Cross Functional Team, attendees learned that the NGCV programme is taking a new direction, expanding beyond the manned and unmanned platform elements that had been incorporated previously in the NGCV portfolio to encompass a broader spectrum of both current and notional systems.

Under the new design, NGCV will now encompass five programmes: Bradley Replacement; Robotic Combat Vehicle; Armored Multipurpose Vehicle; Mobile Protected Firepower; and Abrams Replacement. ... sion-ngcv/

Das ist momentan die einzige Quelle mit einigen wenigen technischen Daten zum Laserwarnsystem UTC Aerospace Systems AN/VVR-4:

Technology Systems Book ... logies.pdf

Das Rundumsichtsystem stammt von Rheinmetall Defence Electronics:
Und die Waffenstation ist eine Kongsberg PROTECTOR RWS Low Profile: ... owprofile/

Die sechs Läufräder wollen mir nach den Versuchen des Amts für Wehrtechnik mit den ASCOD-Prototypen PT2 und PT3, Anfang der 90er, nicht ganz einleuchten:
  • Proceedings of the European ISTVS Conference (6th) , OVK Symposium (4th), On 'Off Road Vehicles in Theory and Practice' , Held at Vienna, Austria on 28-30 September 1994 in Vienna, Austria. Volume 1.
  • ENGELER Andrä: Parallel Tests with a 6 and 7 Roadwheel Tracked Vehicle, in: Proceedings of the European ISTVS Conference (6th), OVK Symposium (4th), on "Off Road Vehicles in Theory and Practice". Held at Vienna, Austria on 28-30 September 1994. Volume 2.

    In the course of the developement of the infantery fighting vehicle "ASCOD", the Military Technology Agency carried out mobility tests in autumn 1993. The test objects were the infantery fighting vehicle prototypes ASCOD PT3 with a set of 7 roadwheels (each side)and ASCOD PT2 with a set of 6. The purpose of the test was to assess the advantages and disadvantages of a 7th set of roadwheels.
    13. Rolling Resistance

    On soft clay we found a great difference between PT3 and PT2.The advantages of the increase of ground contact length and the better force distribution are decisive in soft ground conditions.

    The parallel test of the prototypes 2 and 3 of the ASCOD showed the advantages of the 7th roadwheel set, especially on soft ground like clay. In another test in Norway the same effects were observed on snow. The modification was not simply the addition of a 7th set of roadwheels; the suspension was tuned, too. Besides the cost of the additional elements a small problem was found. The close spacing of the wheels made it nececcary to mount the wheel arms in such a way that they turn in the same direction, so the vehicle sometimes had pitch problemes. The ground clearance of the vehicle front and rear was not always the same. In conclusion we can say that the modification from PT2 to PT3 was sucessful and resulted in a remarkable increase of off-road mobility.
  • Proceedings of the European ISTVS Conference (6th), OVK Symposium (4th), on "Off Road Vehicles in Theory and Practice", Held at Vienna, Austria on 28-30 September 1994. Appendix.

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Preparing for future battlefields: The Next Generation Combat Vehicle (17. September 2018)
By Bob Purtiman, NGCV Cross-Functional Team
This is a challenge for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, or NGCV CFT, to solve. The NGCV CFT was established as part of the Army's modernization strategy and is currently led by Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman. The team consists of hand-selected military and civilian personnel, who are charged with narrowing or closing Cross Domain Maneuver capability gaps. The team is well supported by Program Executive Office-Ground Combat Systems and Research, Development and Engineering Command leaders and representatives. The CFT serves as the primary Army integrator for Under Secretary of the Army/Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Army Requirements Oversight Council decision for all supporting analysis, modeling, simulation and technical demonstrations. The NGCV CFT director, on behalf of the USA/VCSA, synchronizes the capability development process, and then rapidly transitions the requirement to a leader-approved capability into the Army Acquisition System.
The current NGCV CFT portfolio encompasses the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV; Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF; Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, or OMFV; future robotic combat vehicles, or RCV; and the next generation main battle tank.

The AMPV and MPF are well on their way through the acquisitions process -- the AMPV is in Limited User Tests, and the Joint Requirements Oversight Council has recently approved the MPF's Capabilities Development Document. The team's current focus in on the OMFV, which will replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, while also overseeing the maturation of robotic combat vehicle and main battle tank technologies.

In future close combat formations, units equipped with NGCV must maneuver effectively in unrestricted, restricted, and dense urban terrain. The NGCV-OMFV will be designed to maneuver Soldiers in the future operating environment to a position of advantage to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality during the execution of combined arms maneuver. NGCV must exceed current capabilities while overmatching similar threat class systems. It must have the following capabilities:
  • Optionally manned. It must have the ability to conduct remotely controlled operations while the crew is off platform.
  • Capacity. It should eventually operate with no more than two crewmen and possess sufficient volume under armor to carry at least six Soldiers.
  • Transportability. Two OMFVs should be transportable by one C-17 and be ready for combat within 15 minutes.
  • Dense urban terrain operations and mobility. Platforms should include the ability to super elevate weapons and simultaneously engage threats using main gun and an independent weapons system.
  • Protection. It must possess requisite protection to survive on the contemporary and future battlefield.
  • Growth. It will possess sufficient size, weight, architecture, power, and cooling for automotive and electrical purposes to meet all platform needs and allow for pre-planned product improvements.
  • Lethality. It should apply immediate, precise and decisively lethal extended range medium caliber, directed energy, and missile fires in day/night all-weather conditions, while moving and/or stationary against moving and/or stationary targets. The platform should allow for mounted, dismount, and unmanned system target handover.
  • Embedded Platform Training. It should have embedded training systems that have interoperability with the Synthetic Training Environment.
  • Sustainability. Industry should demonstrate innovations that achieve breakthroughs in power generation and management to achieve increased operational range and fuel efficiency; increased silent watch, part and component reliability, and significantly reduced sustainment burden. ... at_vehicle


The Next Generation Combat Vehicle Electrical Power Architecture (NGCVEPA): An Overview ... erview.pdf

US Army Research Laboratory

High-Performance Computing for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle

June 2018 ... N-0891.pdf

  • NGCV CFT Update
  • Ground Combat Vehicles and The Operational Environment Through 2030
  • PEO GCS Modernization Efforts ... 6893563da1

Chattahoochee Valley / Ft Benning AUSA & MCoE
Industry Day 2018

NGCV Industry Day Brief ... m_2018.pdf

The Army Science & Technology Program

https://ndiastorage.blob.core.usgovclou ... gleton.pdf

Army’s S&T Investment in Ground Vehicle Robotics
10 Apr 2018

https://ndiastorage.blob.core.usgovclou ... llsPT1.pdf

Initial prototypes for Next-Gen Combat Vehicle to focus on manned-unmanned teaming (23. März 2018)
As the Army drives toward a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle capability, leaders have outlined plans to test key features that could one day allow a Soldier to control several robotic fighting vehicles at once.

An initial set of six experimental prototypes for the NGCV -- two manned and four robotic combat vehicles -- is slated to be delivered by the end of fiscal year 2019. That delivery will kick off hands-on testing with Soldiers in early fiscal 2020.

Manned-unmanned teaming will be the major theme in the experiments, according to Col. Gerald Boston, deputy director of the Cross-Functional Team in charge of developing the vehicle.
Two more sets of experimental prototypes will then be delivered two years apart and build on previous findings. The process, leaders say, could accelerate the Army's fielding of a new combat vehicle in fiscal year 2028. That's something the NGCV CFT's director, Brig. Gen. David Lesperance, said can't happen soon enough. ... ed_teaming

The Army Science & Technology Program

Jeffrey D. Singleton
Director for Technology
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
Research and Technology

20 March 2018

https://ndiastorage.blob.core.usgovclou ... gleton.pdf

MCoE Industry Day

Mounted Requirements ... eakout.pdf

Next Generation Combat Vehicle Industry Day (Präsentationen)
March 29, 2017
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Re: US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Beitrag von theoderich » Di 9. Okt 2018, 13:02

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Zwei Fahrzeuge in einer C-17. Das gab es doch schon einmal:
  • A Look at the Future Combat Systems (Brigade Combat Team) Program — An Interview With MG Charles A. Cartwright, in: Army AL&T (April-June 2008), p.
    AL&T: What have been some of the biggest challenges with this system?

    Cartwright: One of the system’s biggest challenges was meeting the 27- to 30-ton weight requirement for all of the MGVs; this allows multiple MGVs to be transported on a single C-17 aircraft.
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Beitrag von theoderich » Di 9. Okt 2018, 18:34

AUSA 2018: Options open for NGCV, but smaller may be better
An initial briefing to industry in August suggests that the US Army was eyeing a platform that would only seat five soldiers, a decrease from the six currently carried by the M2 Bradley.

A desire for a platform with a smaller footprint appears to come from operational experience in Europe and Asia, with senior officers pointing to problems with large vehicles and available infrastructure, as well as difficulties in urban terrain.

‘Having just left a Poland for six months and travelled to Korea and elsewhere, the infrastructure doesn't support a heavy vehicle,’ said the head of the US Army’s NGCV cross functional team, Brig Gen Ross Coffman.

‘If you have nine people in the back of a vehicle, it gets really big and heavy.’

Army documents suggest that the NGCV would have five dismounts and two crew, while the number of vehicles per platoon would increase to six, from the current four. The squad number would remain at nine people and the vehicle would have to be sized so that two could be transported on a C-17.

Reducing the number of dismounts would go against the recently unveiled Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx, which was on prominent display at this year’s AUSA with US prime Raytheon announcing a partnership with the German company for the NGCV programme. That vehicle can seat up to nine soldiers in the back and has a significantly beefed up armour suite, which has required an increase in size.

Coffman said that did not automatically disqualify the Lynx, especially before the RFP was written. ‘We’re looking at everything as options… [but] the idea is we have smaller vehicle that is lighter but survivable,’ he explained to reporters.

‘Paramount in all of this is that it's upgradeable,’ said Coffman. ‘If we do decide as an army to add applique armour onto it, it has the power to do that.’

The NGCV is now expected to be fielded by 2026, with a draft RFP released in the next month and a finalised RFP by the end of the year.

Initial timelines from the army suggest that two manufacturers will be downselected for a three-year EMD phase around the first quarter of FY20. An LRIP for the programme could be awarded around Q3 in FY23.

The vehicle is expected to incorporate ‘drive-by-wire’ functionalities to enable unmanned operation, and is likely to feature some kind of small UAS capability that enables off-board surveillance and detection of targets. It will also integrate the 'Victory' standard vehicle architecture as well as the Modular Active Protection System standard currently in development.

Coffman noted that the CFT was also working with international partners, including Australia and the UK that are both upgrading or replacing their legacy IFVs.

‘We're working with all of our allies and partners, as much as a common ground can be found,’ he explained to Shephard.

‘We'll see how that works out in the future,’ he added, noting that Australia and the UK has made decisions on IFV renewal ahead of the US Army. ‘Obviously that's fine but we want to learn from everything that they've done and we wanted to provide them the lessons that we have as well.’ ... ller-may-/

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Re: US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Beitrag von theoderich » Mi 10. Okt 2018, 19:32

AUSA 2018: Up close with the 50mm super gun (exclusive photos) ... un-photos/

Hier gibt es den Vortrag auf der AUSA 2018 zum NGCV zum Nachsehen:

Warriors Corner Day 2

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:50pm
9:30 a.m.-10:10 a.m. EDT - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team Update. ... rner-day-2

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Re: US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Beitrag von theoderich » So 21. Okt 2018, 17:59

Im Budget 2018/2019 wurden u.a. 10 Mio. $ für die Entwicklung einer Lenkwaffe veranschlagt, die aus der Kanone eines M1A2 "Abrams" verschossen werden kann:

Providing for the Common Defense Report - September 2018
Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Army , 2018/2019 (2040A)

02 0602624A Weapons and Munitions Technology


120mm cannon fired guided missile


Hybrid projectile technology

Composite barrel technology

Railgun weapon technology
03 0603004A Weapons and Munitions Advanced Technology


Gun-launched unmanned aerial system
0603005A Combat Vehicle and Automotive Advanced Technology


Combat vehicle weight reduction initiative ... ctions.pdf

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Re: US Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Beitrag von theoderich » Sa 29. Dez 2018, 21:37

Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team
NGCV Operational Overview

Mr John W. Miller III, Director, Capabilities Development

Agenda, 24 APR 18
What Is NGCV?

Next Generation Combat Vehicles* are two platforms;

The NGCV Robotic Combat Vehicle is an optimally unmanned close combat platform that delivers decisive lethality** and overmatch in a future operational environment as part of a unmanned/manned team executing combined arms maneuver.

The NGCV Manned Fighting Vehicle*** maneuvers Soldiers to a point of positional advantage to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality** during the execution of combined arms maneuver, while simultaneously controlling maneuver robotics and semi-autonomous systems.

* Both platforms are optimized for operating in dense urban terrain.

** Decisive lethality ensures freedom of action by destroying our pacing threat’s tier-one fighting vehicles and employing the effects of manned/unmanned teaming (both air and ground) in decisive cross domain maneuver, with shock effect, direct fire, multi-domain reconnaissance, and organic fires.

*** With growth margins for optionally manned variants planned from the beginning.

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Beitrag von theoderich » Fr 4. Jan 2019, 15:43

Cost concerns kill US Army sensor effort
Issues over cost have prompted the US Army to cancel a programme to develop prototype vehicle sensor suites for its Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) vehicle family.

The programme was originally outlined as an RfP issued in late October 2018 through the Sensors, Communications, and Electronics Consortium (SCEC). ... or-effort/

Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Program ... e&_cview=1

Next Generation Combat Vehicle Sensors (NGCV)- PROGRAM CANCELLATION
Added: Dec 21, 2018 8:03 am

The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and the Army Acquisition Command, Ft. Belvoir (ACC-FB), during the initial reviews of the proposals, determined that the program price exceeded the Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) for this program. Although the requirement for this program remains valid it is not possible to proceed at this time. Therefore RFPP SCEC-19-0001 has been cancelled.

In the near future, NVESD will be thoroughly reviewing the requirements for the NGCV Sensor Program in conjunction with the Army customer to insure consistency with program requirements. NVESD will also be reviewing the program assumptions and strategy to develop an acceptable approach to the NGCV Sensor requirements.

Please direct any questions to Gene Del Coco ... e&_cview=1

Special Notice - Next Generation Combat Vehcile - Robotic COmbat Vehicle (NGCV-RCV) ... e&_cview=1

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Beitrag von theoderich » So 3. Feb 2019, 21:10

Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Program
Solicitation Number: W56HZV-18-R-0174 ... e&_cview=1

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Is Germany’s ‘Puma’ combat vehicle still tickling the US Army’s interest?
German and U.S. military officials had planned, then canceled, a demonstration this week of the Bundeswehr’s “Puma” infantry fighting vehicle, as the Army surveys candidates for its Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program.

A German army spokesman confirmed that an event had been scheduled at the Munster tank-training area for Jeffrey White, a deputy to Army acquisition chief Bruce Jette. White ended up canceling because of a scheduling conflict, the spokesman told Defense News.

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic were tight-lipped about the details of the planned visit, and whether another date is being explored. It is also unclear which country initiated the contact, though the government interested in another’s hardware would typically lodge the request for a demonstration. ... -interest/

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