BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation have announced a teaming agreement to pursue the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. BAE Systems will serve as the prime contractor in this partnership. This is the first teaming announced for the program. The Army intends to award contracts to as many as three competitors this fall with production expected to begin in 2017.
BAE Systems along with General Dynamics Land Systems were the two developers responsible for the now cancelled Mounted Ground Vehicle (MGV), which the GCV will succeed. The company is the top supplier to the U.S. Army’s Heavy Brigades. Northrop Grumman will serve as the lead for vehicle electronics and C4ISR.
“Together we bring an experience level of combat platform production and C4ISR integration capabilities to the GCV program that is unsurpassed by our competitors.” Said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Joe G. Taylor, Jr., vice president, ground combat systems at Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman’s role in the team will be responsible for integration of command and control hardware and software, computers and communications equipment, sensors and sensor suites for intelligence gathering and force protection, and other functionality that requires ‘plug and play’ with the internal network or provides situational awareness across external networks.