While the state of the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition could seem somewhat tangled and unsure, there does seem like an unambiguous, aggressive Military intention to field a brand new infantry fighting vehicle that breaks new ground in terms of lethality, protection, deployability, firepower, speed and AI-enabled sensing of equal importance, the Army seeks a vehicle “soon,” which could be upgraded effectively.
Some are raising the query as to whether the accuracy or focus of this vision could be impaired by the possible disqualification of the Raytheon-Rheinmetall Lynx vehicle. If, based on reports, the Military disqualified the Lynx for lacking in the delivery deadline, then only General Dynamics Land Systems stays as the only bidder. Some are elevating the query about having only one vendor initially bidding and submitting early prototypes for the program will compromise its success. This criticism, however legitimate, merits additional exploration given the importance of the program for Army modernization.
Moreover, timing on the program, per Military technique, could be essential; this program was initially envisioned as an effort to deliver vehicles till the early 2030s. However, the speed and danger of developing threats inspired the Army to move up the timeframe for operational status by around a decade.
Many kinds of promising lightweight composites are already being engineered into new vehicles and showing significant progress; AI-enabled drone autonomy is not only already here however easily upgradeable on present systems; new sensors can combine quickly into existing chassis’; and advanced “networking” applied sciences between air, ground and maritime assets are fast rising and capable of combine. While some components or infrastructure of a vehicle chassis constructed now or over the next few years might not easily be removed, it can still be possible to combine useful lightweight composites in future years. They could be added as additional protection or blended with new weapons systems. In effect, there’s other hardware which can continue to upgrade.
The Army will profit from staying on course with its present path, regardless of which vendors continue – as it’s a promising and far needed one.