|Formerly the Force Protection Jamma...now...who knows what GDLS will name it.|
Read the entire article, but the US military might be in the awkward position of having three different internally transportable vehicles.The defense giant that acquired Summerville-based Force Protection Inc. last year is in the hunt to build a new tactical vehicle for the U.S. military.General Dynamics Land Systems said Thursday it has submitted a formal proposal to participate in the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Ground Mobility Vehicle program.
The Sterling Heights-based company filed its bid with the defense unit’s headquarters in Tampa, Fla. A sample vehicle was delivered on May 30.Special Operations Command plans to buy up to 1,300 high-speed tactical transports under its so-called GMV 1.1 program, but it has not yet picked a supplier.A contract is expected to be awarded by January, with production ending in mid-2020.
|GDLS EFSS & Light Strike Vehicle for the Marine Corps to fill the ITV role.|
|GDLS Flyer ITV which rumor has it USAF pararescue likes for their ITV.|
Besides a Ground Mobility Vehicle for Rangers (and other SOCOM units if they see fit), you have the Para-Rescue guys that are looking at a vehicle...you can bet money that Naval Special Warfare will want their own ride (c'mon can you see SEALs using a vehicle that isn't boutique?) and because of their mission set Special Forces might need a unique vehicle too.
Long story short....vehicle standardization isn't even possible within SOCOM much less across the rest of the DoD. Perhaps we should stop trying?