Defense News - United States
|United States approves the Army plan for the program GCV Ground Combat Vehicles.|
The Pentagon has approved an Army plan to build a fleet of “Ground Combat Vehicles” that could cost as much as $10.5 million each, according to Defense News. (Source Star and Stripes)
Bradley Infantry armoured fighting vehicle of U.S. Army in Iraq (Photo Credit US Army)
The next-generation fighting vehicles will provide more protection, power and technology when they roll out in 2017 and eventually replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
In defending the need and affordability of the project amid massive defense spending cuts, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, told a Congressional committee earlier this year that the Ground Combat Vehicle, or GCV, will be designed with lessons learned from nearly a decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The vehicle will also have the capacity to deliver a nine-man squad into battle – a feature Army leaders stress is not available with the current upgraded Bradley.
“The Army is committed to delivering a vehicle that provides soldiers with protected mobility in modern combat environments,” according to an Army statement released after the Defense Acquisition Board review of the plan last week.