BAE Systems to participate in US Army’s GCV programme

Defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems has been awarded a $449.9m (£272.9m) contract to participate in the technology development (TD) phase of the US Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme.

BAE Systems is teamed with Northrop Grumman, in an attempt to offer a vehicle that provides exceptional growth and survivability at an affordable price.

The TD phase of the GCV program is a 24-month programme directed at maturing the GCV proposal through the preliminary design review in anticipation of prototype builds during the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the programme.

The team’s offering includes a hybrid electric drive propulsion system that is claimed to enable exceptional force protection and mobility in a lower-weight vehicle, while provisioning for growth in power requirements as new technologies are integrated into the platform.