Friday, March 26, 2010

Army extends deadline for bids to improve Humvee fleet

Army extends deadline for bids to improve Humvee fleet: "The U.S. Army is extending its Request for Information, or RFI, to industry as part of an effort to recapitalize its fleet of up-armored Humvees, improving survivability, mobility and payload capacity for the vehicles, service officials said.

Citing a strong industry response along with the need to collect and analyze more information as part of a move toward finding the best technologies, Army officials said they are encouraged by the possibilities being presented by industry.

The RFI and assessment of the results are part of a planned move toward competitive prototyping to achieve greater Soldier survivability through the Humvee reset program.

'We have received a strong response to the RFI that went out in January; there is a great deal of industry interest in improving this vehicle. There have been a number of companies that have looked at ways of improving the underbody protection of the HMMWV -- both through adding V-hulls and through other advanced designs. That speaks to why we want to do this competitively. We want to pull in the best designs from industry so we can provide the Army leadership with a solid recommendation to sustain this Army asset,' said Col. David Bassett, project manager for tactical vehicles."