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BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman first announced their intentions to join together in pursuit of the Ground Combat Vehicle competition in March 2010. Since then, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have assembled a team with some of the most talented and seasoned, high performance capability providers in the defense industry.
Each teammate brings proven experience, the latest technology, cultures of innovation, advanced capabilities, demonstrated reliability and immense value; assets that strengthen the team’s GCV vehicle offering. Collectively, we are working together to provide the best practical solution to meet the U.S. Army’s requirements for the next infantry fighting vehicle.
Bringing to GCV
As the prime contractor, BAE Systems will provide the overall program management and systems integration for GCV and will also be responsible for providing the vehicle design, structure, logistical support as well as the readiness and sustainment of the platform.
BAE Systems is the world’s largest producer of combat vehicles, having fielded more than any other company in the world (over 100,000). The company is the top supplier to the U.S. Army’s Heavy Brigades, one of the largest suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense and the second largest defense company in the world.
Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR lead, responsible for integration of hardware and software, computers and communications equipment, sensors and sensor suites, and other functionality that enables ‘plug and play’, access across external networks and full spectrum situational awareness.
Northrop Grumman Corporation provides innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services. Previous experience includes serving as a teammate on BAE Systems’ Bradley and Paladin vehicle programs. Northrop Grumman is a world-class C4ISR provider and developer of the Army’s premier battle command C2 system, deployed on more than 95,000 Army vehicles. The system, which has been successfully fielded for 16 years, forms the world’s largest tactical network.
QinetiQ will provide the hybrid electric drive transmission, or E-X-Drive™ for the GCV. The hybrid electric drive propulsion system is one of the key enabling technologies that makes our vehicle the best solution for the Army. The hybrid electric drive propulsion system builds on decades of industry development, production and support in a wide range of applications. It allows the BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman GCV to offer exceptional force protection and mobility in a lower weight vehicle, meeting the demands of current operations while providing a robust platform for future technology integration and growth at low risk and cost.
QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical advice to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ’s unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
Bringing to GCV
MTU manufactures the Series 890, which is an extremely power dense family of 4–12 cylinder diesel engines. Within this series, we have selected the R6 engine for our GCV offering. This family of MTU diesel engines has been designed from the outset to meet the current and future demands of military vehicles for application in mechanical, electrical and hybrid drivetrains.
MTU is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete propulsion systems.
Saft will provide the GCV energy storage system using proven Lithium-Ion batteries. The Saft Lithium-Ion high power batteries provide immediately available power to the transmission, enabling acceleration and low speed maneuverability not available with a traditional system. The batteries also recover energy during braking to enhance fuel economy, like a hybrid car.
Saft is a world specialist and leader in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry.
The L3 Hydropneumatic Suspension Units (HSUs) and long stroke track tensioner provide improved ride quality at lower weight than a torsion bar equivalent. The HSUs are also completely externally mounted, preserving internal volume for the crew and squad.
L-3 Communications is the sixth largest defense company in the United States, and is a leader and prime defense contractor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), secure communications, government services, training and simulation and aircraft modernization and maintenance.
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