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https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract/Article/3120524//

"General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $99,861,434 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/definite-quantity contract for M1 Abrams tank sight units with containers. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Alabama, with a Dec. 31, 2029, delivery completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2027 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-22-D-0050)."

 

Unknown if this is the new sights for the SEPv4.

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https://www.stratom.com/stratom-selected-by-us-army-to-develop-self-contained-standalone-system-for-rcv-l/

 

"Stratom, a leading developer of autonomous ground vehicles and robotic systems for logistics and operational applications, today announced the Army has awarded the company a contract to develop a personnel safety system for Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light.  

Known as the Perimeter Safety for Autonomous Vehicles (P-SAV) system, the robotic system will provide 360-degree sensor coverage and a computer system that leverages machine learning to intelligently identify objects close to the vehicle. Designed to be configurable for additional vehicle platforms, P-SAV will include newly developed ROS2-based software to communicate the appropriate information to the RCV’s operator and its computer system to execute appropriate behaviors. "

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https://www.allisontransmission.com/company/news-article/2022/08/25/allison-transmission-awarded-6-million-contract-to-deliver-next-generation-electrified-transmission-to-u.s.-army

"Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions for tactical wheeled and tracked defense vehicles, and medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has been awarded a $6.55 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center to design, develop and test an electric hybrid sub-system in Allison’s Next Generation Electrified Transmission for armored combat vehicles.

The Next Generation Electrified Transmission is the newest product in Allison’s tactical ground combat vehicle portfolio. It features a 220 kilowatt electric motor and associated inverter for on-board vehicle power and parallel electric hybrid operation. Beyond power generation for auxiliary system capability development, the propulsion solution provides benefits realized in enhanced mobility performance and efficiency with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and reduced thermal and acoustic signatures."

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https://insidedefense.com/insider/anduril-join-rheinmetall-omfv-bid

"Anduril Industries will provide command-and-control software for American Rheinmetall Vehicles' bid to build the Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the companies announced Tuesday.

Anduril’s software will provide formation maneuver and threat detection as well as targeting capabilities for the joint bid for the OMFV, dubbed “Team Lynx,” which in addition to Rheinmetall includes Textron, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris and Allison Transmission.

The OMFV is one of the Army’s top modernization priorities and would replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Anduril’s software will “significantly reduce the cognitive burden of the OMFV’s two soldier crew and provide them with next-generation tactical awareness, C2, and decisive lethality to dominate future battlefields,” Anduril head of strategy Zach Mears said in the announcement.

Anduril uses a common artificial intelligence-based operating system known as Lattice OS in its products.

“The partnership with Anduril brings to Team Lynx’s next-generation OMFV solution exceptional, additional innovations in software development, command and control, sensor integration and counter [unmanned aerial system] systems, further enabling the Lynx OMFV to provide operators capabilities not available anywhere else in the world,” said Matt Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles."

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I'm a bit skeptical. Sure, the M230LF is there, but the centerline pedestal it is mounted on is flush with the turret roof rather than raised, no PASEOs in front of the RWS, no Trophy sponsons on the sides, no access hatches behind the said PASEO turrets, no pepperbox muzzle brake or bore evacuator on the main gun and the turret cheek geometry seems more Leopard 2A5-inspired than Abrams-inspired.

Aside from that, the turret looks quite TTB-ish.

 

Sure it's not one of the GVSC's what-if doodles (the background makes it look like it's viewed through VR goggles) rather than GDLS' homebrewed offering? Of course, I'm not denying the possibility of a convergence (and exchange) of ideas and concepts from both sides...

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You know how some of the more lurid descriptions of the GMC Hummer EV accuse it of being the size and weight of a tank? Well, the US Army actually is buying one off-the-shelf for evaluation

 

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A GM Defense representative that spoke with Overt Defense says that the Hummer EV it will be delivering to the Army is a production GMC Hummer Pickup Edition 1, following a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf purchase. The Hummer will not be modified in any manner for the Army’s evaluation.

 

According to the representative, the testing will “look at commercial capability that will inform the Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) Abbreviated Capabilities Development Document (A-CDD.)”. GM Defense has previously stated that it will use the Hummer EV’s frame and powertrain as the basis for its Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype, saying in November 2021 that it planned to have an initial prototype built this year.

 

https://www.overtdefense.com/2022/09/09/us-army-buying-hummer-ev-for-analysis-and-demonstration/

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It appears that the teaming agreement between Point Blank and their primary partner on OMFV, Keshik Mobile Power Systems, has collapsed, with any mention of Keshik being scrubbed from their website after PBE sued them in late July over a non-compete violation.

https://www.morganlewis.com/ja/news/2022/08/another-stellar-edition-of-litigator-of-the-week-runnersup-and-shout-outs

 

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On 9/20/2022 at 7:29 PM, Clan_Ghost_Bear said:

It appears that the teaming agreement between Point Blank and their primary partner on OMFV, Keshik Mobile Power Systems, has collapsed, with any mention of Keshik being scrubbed from their website after PBE sued them in late July over a non-compete violation.

https://www.morganlewis.com/ja/news/2022/08/another-stellar-edition-of-litigator-of-the-week-runnersup-and-shout-outs

 

Point Blank was never going to be selected anyways.

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