The US Army released a “market survey” this week for companies interested in manufacturing new light tanks.
A market survey published on the main US government contract website on February 12th is aimed at producing additional quantities of LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) vehicles in the future.
As part of the program, the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS), Project Manager Mobile Protected Firepower (PM MPF) is conducting a market survey to gather written information from the industry and the current market manufacturing capacity to manufacture MPF vehicles and deploy to be determined by STS.
The MPF system provides early access workers with a mobile, protected, direct fire capability to apply instant, deadly long-range fires when deploying armored vehicles, hardened enemy fortifications and dismounted personnel, and provides a long-term solution for Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) -Ability.
The MPF system features include:
- Tracked vehicle with a minimum crew of three soldiers (commander, gunner and driver);
- Protection of the crew from small arms, heavy machine guns, overhead artillery, lower abdominal mine, improvised side explosive devices (IED) and threats from kinetic energy (KE); Use of ammunition available in the Department of Defense (DoD) inventory, a primary weapon that uses precise, deadly long-range fire;
- Vehicle that is efficient on the go, day, night and in any weather;
- Sufficient speed and mobility of the platform to successfully keep pace with other vehicles in the formation;
- Communication system that enables the simultaneous ability to send or receive both internal and external communications between all vehicle occupants;
- Sufficient size, weight, power and cooling (SWaP-C) to facilitate integration of IBCT’s tactical network modernization technologies.
The STS efforts for the MPF vehicle mainly include logistics, engineering and test support activities. Logistics support includes supportability analysis, logistics support packages and logistics test support, provisioning requirements, training aids, field staff on site, technical publications and maintenance requirements. Technical support includes system technology, cybersecurity, software development, obsolescence management, configuration management, data management, change proposals and procedural changes.
Test support includes system validation / tests, qualification tests, quality assurance, and a reliability and maintainability program.
As part of the MPF, the U.S. Army will select the newest combat vehicle, which will be a key requirement for the Army, particularly its IBCT, which lacks protected, cyber-resilient, long-range, precision direct-fire capabilities for early-entry operations. IBCTs require this ability to be used in strict and unpredictable locations so that they can bypass the enemy’s strengths and quickly move on to offensive operations and take advantage of the initiative.
The army expects around 500 MPF to be used from the 2025 financial year.
Each infantry brigade combat team receives its own 14 vehicle company to support armaments.