The US Army extends up-gunned Stryker ICV competition to August 2020

Oshkosh Defense was awarded a U.S. Army contract potentially worth nearly $1 billion integrate 30mm medium caliber weapons systems onto Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

The US Army is moving out with a new requirement to up-gun its Stryker ICVs with a 30 mm cannon, but has now given companies an additional two months to submit proposals because of Covid-19 learned GDC quoting the US Army website.

The army announced on 3 April that vendors competing for its Medium Caliber Weapons System (MCWS) programme now had until 10 August to submit their written proposals, bid samples, and armour coupons. The service told Jane’s that this decision was taken in order to maintain competition at a time when the nation is grappling with the effects of coronavirus.

Vendors vying for the contract to up-gun the US Army Stryker fleet with a 30mm cannon now have an additional two months to submit their proposals, although the service said the decision should not delay plans to begin fielding the weapon to soldiers in 2022.

“The extension is resultant of Covid-19-related closures at various vendor sites and travel restrictions that are impeding progress on proposals,” Ashley John, the director for public and congressional affairs for the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, wrote in 9 April email. “The extension protects the competitive approach to the effort.”

Initially, companies had until 8 June to deliver their MWCS bid samples, also dubbed “production-ready system samples”, armour coupons, and written proposals to the service. But in mid-March the programme manager opted to grant competitors an additional 30 days to deliver their bid samples and armour coupons.

After receiving additional information from the vendors, however, the army opted to further extend the delivery deadline for everything, including the written proposals, until 10 August.

“Responses to the query indicated an additional 30-day extension was warranted in order to provide maximum opportunity to all competitors for a successful proposal,” “The programme manager will host individual pre-proposal conferences in late-April with each competitor to further assess Covid-19 impacts based on a developing understanding of the situation.

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