BAE Systems has announced a collaboration with three firms for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) design project.

The OMFV will use Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) designed by BAE and Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, and Elbit Systems of America’s 50 mm Unmanned Turret.

The MOSA enables rapid technological upgrades, while the turret’s high-capacity ammunition handling system allows “multiple mission payloads and capabilities.”

Hybrid Electric Drive Technology 

The team also includes QinetiQ Inc., which is developing Hybrid Electric Drive technology for the vehicle with BAE.

The technology includes electric cross-drive transmission, which ensures “speed, reliability, and maneuverability” to overcome the “toughest battlefield conditions.”

“The synergy from our diverse and highly capable team allows us to deliver the next-generation, transformational technology and capabilities our customer is looking for,” vice president and general manager for BAE Systems Combat Mission Systems Andy Corea said.

Bradley Replacement

“Together we have continually researched, developed, innovated, and delivered and we believe this team can provide a purpose-built vehicle with the winning solutions for future battlefields and, most importantly, for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us each and every day.”

BAE is competing with four other firms for the project, bidding to replace the army’s four-decade-old M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

The other firms are Point Blank Enterprises, Oshkosh Defense, General Dynamics Land Systems, and American Rheinmetall Vehicles.

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