Saturday, January 22, 2011

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Team Submits Bid For An Affordable, High-Performing Ground Combat Vehicle Solution

Defense News: DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Team Submits Bid For An Affordable, High-Performing Ground Combat Vehicle Solution
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources BAE Systems
(NSI News Source Info) ARLINGTON, Va - January 22, 2011: The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team submitted a proposal for a U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) that emphasizes affordability, performance and future scalability.

“Our proposal delivers an affordable, high-performing infantry fighting vehicle built from the ground-up that satisfies the needs of our soldiers today and has room for technological growth in the years ahead,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicle at BAE Systems.

The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV offering will be the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to meet the current IED-threat environment. The team offering brings more affordability, survivability, mobility and versatility to the Army and is scalable to the level of protection required for a variety of operations.

The team’s hybrid electric drive propulsion system builds on decades of industry development, production and support in a wide range of applications. It allows the BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV to offer exceptional force protection and mobility in a lower weight vehicle while provisioning for growth in power requirements as new technologies are matured and integrated into the platform. Hybrid electric drive enables GCV to meet the demands of current operations while providing a robust platform for future technology integration and growth at low risk and cost.

“Northrop Grumman is proud to be a part of the BAE Systems GCV team. Together, we have designed an infantry fighting vehicle that will meet or exceed the stringent GCV requirements,” said Joe G. Taylor, Jr., Northrop Grumman Information Systems' vice president for Ground Combat Systems.

The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle team includes: QinetiQ North America, iRobot Corporation, MTU and Saft. As the prime contractor, BAE Systems will lead the overall program management, systems integration, vehicle design, structure and logistical support as well as readiness and sustainment of the platform. Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR lead. QinetiQ North America will provide the electric drive propulsion system or E-X-Drive™ for Ground Combat Vehicle. The E-X-Drive is the key component of the hybrid electric drive system. iRobot will serve as the unmanned ground vehicle integrator and enhance the capability to detect pedestrians and obstacles of interest. MTU will provide the engine and power generation for GCV and Saft will provide the battery and energy storage system.

The GCV program is a development effort headed by the U.S. Army to develop the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to operate in an IED-threat environment.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defense and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

About Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.


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  • DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: SAIC-led Industry Team Continues To Pursue Ground Combat Vehicle Program

    Defense News: DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: SAIC-led Industry Team Continues To Pursue Ground Combat Vehicle Program
    Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources SAIC
    (NSI News Source Info) MCLEAN, Va., - January 22, 2011: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE:SAI - News) announced yesterday it will continue to lead a team pursuing the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. The SAIC-led team submitted a revised proposal for the technology development phase of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) being developed under the GCV effort to the U.S. government. The team originally submitted a proposal in May 2010, but the initial Request for Proposal was rescinded by the Army, and a second RFP issued inNovember 2010.

    "GCV is of vital importance to our nation as it will be the first combat vehicle designed to be adaptable to the full range of military operations, while protecting our soldiers from current and emerging threats," said Deborah Alderson, SAIC group president. "Our offer continues to focus on delivering a newer, highly survivable, more lethal, off-road IFV than previous offerings we know of."

    SAIC's Team Full Spectrum consists of three large enterprises – The Boeing Company, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), and Rheinmetall Defence (RMD). The team, called Team Full Spectrum, is proposing a vehicle it believes is well-positioned to meet the Army's accelerated development needs because of its MGV and Puma heritage. The Puma is the only production-ready IFV designed from the ground up since Sept. 11, 2001, and incorporates the lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The team will also incorporate lessons learned from the Future Combat Systems Manned Ground Vehicle effort.

    "Our offering is designed, first and foremost, to protect our Soldiers, to unburden them from mechanical tasks with the latest technology thus allowing concentration on the cognitive, and to empower them to accomplish their mission," said Alderson. "In addition, high technical readiness levels will help meet the Army's timeline of delivering the first vehicle in 7 years."

    The U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program is part of a holistic Army plan to modernize its combat vehicle fleet.

    About SAIC

    SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.8 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2010. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

    Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period endedJanuary 31, 2010, and other such filings that SAIC makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


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