The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) will serve as the Army’s infantry fighting vehicle tasked to maneuver and operate as part of a joint combined arms team for the purpose of creating an advantageous position, relative to the enemy, to deliver a decisive strike while also controlling maneuver robotics and semi-autonomous systems. In the close fight, the OMFV enables the ability of squads to maneuver by detecting and destroying targets at a range beyond the enemy’s capability.
The OMFV must complement and enhance the capabilities of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). The OMFV will replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, providing the Army decisive vehicle capability now while possessing sufficient room for growth and modularity to take advantage of transformational technologies. The OMFV will not fight alone, but rather as part of a section, platoon, and company of mechanized infantry. These companies will execute cross-domain maneuver and defeat pacing threats in the close area while maneuvering Soldiers to tactical objectives. Once the unit transitions to the combined mounted/dismounted fight, the OMFV will support the dismounted element with advanced sensors, lethality, protection, and integrated mission command. This synergy is crucial to the ABCT’s ability to defeat a near-peer competitor.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
Sized to meet the Army’s needs, the OMFV can deploy and be transportable by standard air, rail, and sea modes of transportation. It will be survivable against current and emerging threats to deliver Soldiers into the fight and maneuver them to a point of positional advantage on the battlefield. It will provide mobility to maintain pace with the ABCT and be able to react to threats at tactically relevant speeds in both complex and open terrain.
- Mobility: The OMFV must have mobility that can keep pace with the Abrams in a combined arms fight through rural and urban terrains.
- Lethality: OMFV-equipped platoons must defeat future near-peer soldiers, infantry fighting vehicles, helicopters, small unmanned aerial systems, and tanks as part of a combined arms team in rural and urban terrains.
- 2QFY20: Held OMFV Industry One-on-One Meetings
- 3QFY20: OMFV desired characteristics released to industry
- 1QFY21: OMFV Request for Proposal release to industry
- 3QFY21: Award up to five vendors for preliminary digital design
- 2QFY23: Award up to three vendors for detailed digital design and prototype build and test