The Pentagon took a timeout: the United States can’t replace the Bradley armored vehicles


The United States has long planned to develop and adopt a combat vehicle that could become an alternative to the famous Bradley. But now the military department is taking a temporary pause in the creation of a prototype of a new combat vehicle.


On January 16, 2020, the Pentagon announced that it was taking a timeout and canceling a request for a prototype of a new armored vehicle. Replacing the "Bradley" with a new option is not yet possible.

The head of the procurement department of the US military, Bruce Jett, explained this decision by saying that the Pentagon needs to revise the requirements for the new machine, the acquisition strategy and the schedule for the development, creation and supply of troops.

Recall that the OMFV program provides for the development of an alternative to the traditional American Bradley combat vehicle. The military leadership expects to get such a machine, which would be distinguished by higher characteristics in terms of maneuverability and mortality.

At the same time, an American military official noted the great importance of the OMFV program for the American army and specifically emphasized that the military department was not going to abandon it. The timeout is taken solely to solve some technical issues.

In fact, the main reason for the suspension of the program is that American and foreign military-industrial companies did not agree with the overly aggressive development schedule of the new combat vehicle. In addition, with the shortest deadlines indicated, the army authorities offered money that would not suit the developers. As a result, potential executors of the army order began to simply scatter.


One of the first to refuse to participate in the competition was BAE Systems, which had previously promoted its prototype CV90 Mark IV as a worthy alternative to Bradley.

BAE is one of the leading defense companies working specifically in the field of military vehicles. So, it was BAE that was selected to provide prototypes for the MPF, the new armored tracked vehicle. The company also manufactures the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and related M992A3 ammunition carrier vehicles.

Back in June 2019, Jim Miller, Director of Business Development in the field of combat vehicles of BAE Systems, emphasized that the company was withdrawing from the competition, although it did not make any assessments of the viability of the OMFV program.

Then Jerry De Muro, CEO of BAE Systems, noted that realizing customer expectations would require much more time than the deadline announced by the military procurement department. Although representatives of the armed forces themselves argue that the number of companies wishing to participate in the development and creation of a new combat vehicle was significant, and businesses even entered into competition for the right to develop an alternative to Bradley.


Recently, a contestant, the Lynx 41 infantry fighting vehicle from Rheinmetall, was previously disqualified, which was also previously considered a likely alternative to Bradley.

The South Korean company Hanwha, which was originally planning to participate in the competition with its project, at the last moment decided to refuse to participate. Thus, in the end, the US military department had only one request from General Dynamics Land Systems.

General Dynamics Land Systems believes that it is her prototype combat vehicle that can become a worthy replacement for the Bradley and the best infantry fighting vehicle in the modern world. In this case, the developers focused on increasing the lethality of the armament of the new combat vehicle.

It is worth noting that the financial aspects of the modernization of military equipment of the ground forces and the US Marine Corps play a very significant role, and if the army expects to get a combat vehicle relatively cheaply, the military-industrial circles, for their opinion, do not want to work for nothing.
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  1. rocket757 17 January 2020 13: 09 New
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    To create a single machine for all cases of hostilities, which again suited everyone, is not a trivial task!
    In addition, if the condition SAVE !!! the task becomes impossible.
    1. ProkletyiPirat 17 January 2020 14: 05 New
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      The task is quite realizable, the problem is that everyone wants to get something new, but without changing anything, and even for "free", and preferably "yesterday". As a result, instead of a systematic, constant, purposeful movement, we get garbage in the style of a fairy tale about a swan, cancer and cheek.
    2. Kuroneko 17 January 2020 14: 31 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      To create a single machine for all cases of hostilities, which again suited everyone, is not a trivial task!


      The film, although a comedy (rather sad and ironic, however), but created on real events. So it's all about done in the Pentagon. To SOLVE ALL.
      1. rocket757 17 January 2020 14: 46 New
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        For everyone, this is usually a compromise.
        Suppliers / repairmen are happy ... but the military is always unhappy.
      2. Alexey RA 17 January 2020 15: 39 New
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        Quote: Kuroneko
        The film, although a comedy (rather sad and ironic, however), but created on the basis of real events.

        It cannot be more real. smile The film was shot based on a book written by a man who had worked for 14 years at the Pentagon in the procurement and evaluation system of weapons and was known for demanding testing in the most realistic conditions possible.
        Moreover, in the film GG is called the same as the author of the book, only the title was lowered to him by one step, making GG a lieutenant colonel (the real James Burton was a colonel).
  2. Yrec 17 January 2020 13: 24 New
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    Those latest BMP concepts that the States offer are expensive, sophisticated toys invented in countries that have not fought for decades. And the American army, which has been continuously fighting for the same decades, does not need such prodigies. Therefore, the mattresses are forced to use the "Bradley" and "Strikers", and we, in turn, are BMP-2/3 and BTR-80 / 82A. Almaty / Kurgan / Boomerangs are still too expensive for war.
    1. Pessimist22 17 January 2020 13: 42 New
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      I think BMP 3 is a masterpiece among such vehicles
      1. ProkletyiPirat 17 January 2020 14: 11 New
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        Quote: Pessimist22
        I think BMP 3 is a masterpiece among such vehicles

        If BMP-3 would REALLY be a "masterpiece", now all countries would have had its analogues! And if this is not observed then it turns out that specifically you apparently are not considering the entire spectrum of applications of such BBMs.
        1. NEXUS 17 January 2020 16: 31 New
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          Quote: ProkletyiPirat
          If BMP-3 would REALLY be a "masterpiece", now all countries would have had its analogues!

          One way or another, BMP analogues are in most armies in the world. I will say more than that, these sayings distort the story. I will explain...
          In classical history, Alfred Krupp is considered the inventor of a horizontal wedge shutter. But what a problem ... back in the 16th century, such a shutter was invented in Russia. That is, 2 centuries before Krupp.

          This is something in the bast land of Russia, where, according to the classical German variation of our history, at that time lapodniks and barbarians, who were not able to create anything worthwhile, lived in Russia at all, I repeat, 2 centuries before Krupp!
          1. ProkletyiPirat 17 January 2020 17: 09 New
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            Quote: NEXUS
            Quote: ProkletyiPirat
            If BMP-3 would REALLY be a "masterpiece", now all countries would have had its analogues!

            Anyway,BMP analogues are in most armies in the world.

            That's the whole point of the BMP ANALOGUES, not the BMP-3! That BMP was really a masterpiece of its time, and indeed all countries today have its analogues, but this does not apply to BMP-3, which was discussed above ...
          2. IS-80_RVGK2 17 January 2020 17: 39 New
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            Quote: NEXUS
            But what a problem ... back in the 16th century, such a shutter was invented in Russia. That is, 2 centuries before Krupp.

            Most likely some Germans or Italians.
            1. NEXUS 17 January 2020 18: 05 New
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              Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
              Most likely some Germans or Italians.

              No, by a Russian master. The Italians and Germans in that era had no idea about this from the word at all.
  3. skinar 17 January 2020 13: 30 New
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    In this regard, I look forward to the film "Pentagon Wars 2". The first part is extremely awesome, and it pleases that the Government-Army-VPK relations are similar for all
    1. Alexey RA 17 January 2020 15: 46 New
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      Quote: skinar
      In this regard, I look forward to the film "Pentagon Wars 2".

      Yeah ... for example, history - as a massive cheap "consumable" ship of the coastal zone, capable of replacing EM URO in secondary areas (the first TK for littoralnik), turned into an expensive and almost unarmed LCS, requiring even in wars with third world countries "Burka "as an accompaniment. smile
  4. Doctor 17 January 2020 13: 36 New
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    The problem is in the BMP concept. It is increasingly turning into a multi-seat tank.
    1. prodi 17 January 2020 16: 22 New
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      this is probably an even more fundamental problem: the interaction of manpower and technology in modern offensive combat
  5. knn54 17 January 2020 13: 54 New
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    Such giants refused to participate in the tender. Yankees, really. want to embrace the immensity.
  6. Seld 17 January 2020 14: 02 New
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    Quote: Arzt
    The problem is in the BMP concept. It is increasingly turning into a multi-seat tank.

    In order to SIMULTANEOUSLY ride, swim, shoot, and at least somehow protect - what can you come up with a fundamentally new, different from the BPM-3 concept? By the way, armored-based BMP-4s no longer swim ...
    Well, unless there is a leap in materials science and an armor that is strong like titanium and light like luminium is invented.
    The principle of rationality has not been canceled ...
    1. Pavel57 20 January 2020 01: 49 New
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      BMP-2D also did not swim.
  7. Undecim 17 January 2020 15: 35 New
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    in terms of maneuverability and lethality.
    Woe - translators, mortality - this is a statistical indicator that shows the ratio of the number of deaths from the influence of a factor (illness, injury, poisonous substance, etc.) to the number of exposed (wounded, sick, poisoned) of this factor over a certain period of time .
    What side does this indicator relate to BMP? The ratio of the number of survivors to the number of BMPs used per trip?
  8. honest people 18 January 2020 15: 29 New
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    Quote: Pessimist22
    I think BMP 3 is a masterpiece among such vehicles

    BMP 3 is anything but definitely not a masterpiece!
  9. honest people 18 January 2020 15: 31 New
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    Quote: Alexey RA
    Quote: Kuroneko
    The film, although a comedy (rather sad and ironic, however), but created on the basis of real events.

    It cannot be more real. smile The film was shot based on a book written by a man who had worked for 14 years at the Pentagon in the procurement and evaluation system of weapons and was known for demanding testing in the most realistic conditions possible.
    Moreover, in the film GG is called the same as the author of the book, only the title was lowered to him by one step, making GG a lieutenant colonel (the real James Burton was a colonel).

    Oh, how interesting would be a film about domestic bmp "women still give birth"
  10. Reserve buildbat 18 January 2020 18: 06 New
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    That's the trouble ... And I was so hoping to see the movie "Pentagon Wars 2" soon ...
  11. Private-K 18 January 2020 23: 11 New
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    Total ripped off already the THIRD program to create a new BMP for the entire US.
  12. Ham
    Ham 21 January 2020 13: 43 New
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    that is, as I understand it, they slammed the bill of dollars and time into this business and the "death star" again failed?
    it always happens when private traders gather at a military feeding trough ... they have the same canoe with space - so much money and time has been scooped up that it’s scary to imagine, but they can’t repeat their achievements of the 70s ...