Lockheed Martin Outlines Ground Combat Vehicles Initiatives


Lockheed martin has outlined new activities in the field of Ground Combat Vehicles it is developing as a prime contractor or under cooperation with other primes. Among these activities are the developments of lethality and electronic architecture for the British Scout Specialist Vehicle, and Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) on both programs Lockheed martin has joined forces with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). For the US Marine Corps Medium Personnel Carrier (MPC) program Lockheed Martin is also offering a derivative of the Patria 8×8 AMV, designed for amphibious operation.

Lockheed Martin is involved with land systems developments for over three decades, with most of the work focused on tracked and wheeled platforms supporting the MLRS program and its derivatives (MLRS, HIMARS, MLRS repair and recovery vehicle. The company is also involved in two major equipment programs in the U.K., namely the Scout SV program, for which they design and develop the turret, weapon systems and electronic architecture, and the Warrior Capability Sustainment program (WCSP) the later program is still awaiting UK MOD approval as Lockheed Martin remains the sole bidder on this program. The Warrior and Scout SV will share the same turret, saving considerably on development logistics and training costs.

Lockheed Matrin and Patria are offering an amphibious version of the Advanced Modular Vehicle (AMV) for the U.S. marine corp Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program. A marinse corps request for proposal is expected within by year's end. The photo above was taken in Finland in 2002, as part of the vehicle's amphibious capability demonstrations.


  1. The Israeli (who all are endowed with the most elaborate experience in armoured warfare, post World War II) concept of predominance on heavy armour protection has established itself in the aforesaid design as against rapid mobility.

    For the sceptics, look at the success rate of Merkava designs, albeit they are Main Battle Tanks (MBT).

    Modern situational awareness and active protection are added bonuses.


  2. GCV has zero chance of surviving the next round of Pentagon budget chopping. Too bad for Israeli Namer, it’s such a nice design for a heavily armored IFV. Deployment and weight related argument is a non-issue. The U.S. military can air lift thousands of bulky MRAPs into Afghan and Iraq under a compressed schedule, I’m sure they can easily repeat the success with transporting several hundreds of heavy IFVs for a fast ground campaign, as long as they put aside “C-130 compatible 20 tons combat vehicle” non-sense BS for good.

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