The U.S. Army Contracting Command Detroit Arsenal announced it has selected Oshkosh Defense, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, Wisc. with operations in Warren, to participate in the concept design phase for the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) which is set to replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), in service since 1981.
“As a leading innovator of defense technologies, Oshkosh Defense is committed to providing the best possible solutions to the U.S. Army for its evolving modernization priorities,” says Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps programs for Oshkosh Defense.
“Each of our industry partners will contribute their own best-in-class expertise in ground combat vehicles, turrets, armor, and autonomy. Together, we will provide a modular OMFV solution designed to defeat emerging threats with flexibility and room for growth to accommodate evolving requirements.”
As part of the concept design phase, Oshkosh Defense will develop initial concepts for the OMFV supported by modeling, simulation, and analysis, informing the requirements for the vehicle system functional review — where baseline operations and functionality are established and satisfy the projections in those departments.
The Oshkosh Defense consortium includes Pratt Miller Defense, Hanwha Defense USA, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, QinetiQ Inc., and Plasan.
Oshkosh’s OMFV concept leverages the capability of Hanwha’s Redback chassis and Rafael’s SAMSON family of turrets. The chassis is one of two contenders for Australia’s Land 400 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), while the SAMSON family of turrets serves as the foundation for Oshkosh’s recently awarded Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) contract with the U.S. Army.
Oshkosh Defense is a global leader in the design, production, and sustainment military vehicles, technology solutions, and mobility systems. Oshkosh develops and applies emerging technologies that advance safety and mission success. Oshkosh ensures every solution is supported worldwide throughout its entire life cycle.