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US Army awards new OMFV contracts, redesignates program as XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle

Image: Illustration of an optionally manned fighting vehicle (US Army)

General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall Vehicles have been chosen by the US Army for the next stage of the XM30 mechanized infantry combat vehicle program, previously recognized as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) initiative.

The XM30 is the upcoming replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicles, with a combined contract value of approximately $1.6 billion.

The two firm-fixed contracts cover Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Phase III and IV Detailed Design and Prototype Build and Testing phases, allowing the Army to place the XM30 on a “solid foundation from a resourcing perspective.”

During the next program phases, the Army plans to refine XM30 designs and verify prototype performance through testing, including a limited user test. Contractors are tasked with delivering up to 11 prototype vehicles, as well as ballistic hulls, turrets, armor coupons, and digital engineering data.

After completing the detailed design, prototype build, and testing phases, the Army plans to hold a limited competition and select a single vendor at Milestone C, expected by the end of the fiscal year 2027.

The first unit equipped with the XM30 is projected to take place in fiscal year 2029.

“The XM30 brings a transformational change to how our armored brigade combat teams will fight in the future, bringing more lethality to the battlefield and reducing risk for our Soldiers,” said Brig. Gen. Geoffrey Norman, director of the Next-Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team.

Equipped with a hybrid electric powertrain, the XM30 is anticipated to provide “next-generation lethality, protection, and mobility,” enabling engagements with advanced adversaries at extended ranges.

By leveraging digital engineering and employing a modular open system architecture, the vehicle will possess the capability to swiftly incorporate forthcoming technologies.