The UK and US are expected to formally endorse a £3bn joint programme for armoured reconnaissance vehicles for the British and US armies by the end of the month.
British Aerospace, which last week formed a team with Lockheed Martin to chase the requirement, said this week that after formal endorsement the Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defence will brief industry on the programme. Invitations to tender are expected in October, with responses due next spring.
This will be followed by a competitive project definition phase, leading to the choice of a winning contractor in 2001.
Also joining the BAe-Lockheed Martin team will be Vickers in the UK and its subcontractor Alvis, plus General Dynamics Land Systems of the US.