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US Army Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:03:09 PM »
US Army will ask proposals for lightweight armored combat vehicle | Army Recognition - 26 October 2017
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The U.S. Army will ask industry next month to provide proposals for a lightweight armored combat vehicle known as the Mobile Protected Firepower or MPF vehicle, and plans call for fielding the system under a rapid acquisition effort.

First, the MPF program skipped the normal two- or three-year technology development phase.

A draft Request For Proposal, or RFP, went out at the end of September and feedback from potential MPF contractors was received this past week. The final RFP is scheduled to be issued in mid-November, Bassett said.

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The MPF vehicle will provide infantry brigade combat teams with a long-range direct-fire capability for forcible entry and breaching operations. It could very well have a 105mm gun up top, officials said, like the original Abrams tank.


BAE Systems proposes its Expeditionary Light Tank for the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) US Army program.
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General Dynamics Griffin, a technology demonstrator to response for the new program of U.S Army called Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF).


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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 12:02:59 AM »
Army’s new light tank competition kicks off | defense news
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Washington — The Army’s effort to bring a Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) capability to infantry brigade combat teams -- a near-term priority laid out in the service’s combat vehicle modernization strategy -- has officially kicked off with the release of a request for proposals on Nov. 21.

The service issued several draft RFPs to industry throughout the year to make clear what it is looking for from base requirements to objective features and several companies came forward during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in October with offerings while others remained tight-lipped.

The Army has made clear that it will skip the development phase in favor of commercially ready vehicle options.

Similar to how the Army procured its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the service will have up to two companies build engineering and manufacturing development pre-production vehicles and will ultimately choose a winner.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 03:20:44 AM »
US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower tank to skip development phase | Janes - 28 November 2017
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The MPF was the top priority in the US Army’s 2015 Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy, and its RFP was released on 21 November.

I don’t want to say it’s a light tank, but it’s kind of like a light tank,” David Dopp, programme manager for MPF, told reporters on 10 October. He said it will have a 105 mm cannon and the army plans to fit two on a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, and that transport requirement has been one of the key design restrictions.

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Re: US Army Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 05:46:47 PM »
Army moving rapidly on plans for lightweight armored combat vehicle
By Gary Sheftick, Army News ServiceOctober 25, 2017

https://www.army.mil/article/195713/army_moving_rapidly_on_plans_for_lightweight_armored_combat_vehicle

WASHINGTON -- The Army will ask industry next month to provide proposals for a lightweight armored combat vehicle known as the Mobile Protected Firepower or MPF vehicle, and plans call for fielding the system under a rapid acquisition effort.

Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army's program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems, said he hopes to cut bureaucracy on his programs and "do acquisition differently to deliver capability quickly." He spoke to reporters Oct. 10 at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, laying out a schedule for fielding the MPF.

First, the MPF program skipped the normal two- or three-year technology development phase.

A draft Request For Proposal, or RFP, went out at the end of September and feedback from potential MPF contractors was received this past week. The final RFP is scheduled to be issued in mid-November, Bassett said.

March will be the deadline for MPF proposals and bid samples are to be delivered to test sites in April. The Army will be expecting to see some "mature technologies" on the sample vehicles, a spokesperson said, and may opt for some modified "off-the-shelf" technology to speed up delivery.

The MPF vehicle will provide infantry brigade combat teams with a long-range direct-fire capability for forcible entry and breaching operations. It could very well have a 105mm gun up top, officials said, like the original Abrams tank.

"I don't want to say it's a light tank, but it's kind of like a light tank," said David Dopp, MPF project lead. He was named program manager for the MPF in June.

The MPF will be much lighter than a tank, though, weighing between 25 and 35 tons. Two of the armored vehicles should be able to be flown on a C-17 aircraft.

"It's not going toe to toe with a tank," Dopp said. "…It's for the infantry. It goes where the infantry goes --- it breaks through bunkers, it works through targets that the infantry can't get through."

It will be a tracked vehicle with substantial armor protection, Bassett said, "but certainly not what you'd see on a main battle tank." Plans also call for it to have "cyber-resilient" capabilities.

What it will not be capable of is a low-velocity air drop from a C-17, Bassett said. Protection and lethality requirements will probably make it heavier than what's acceptable for a C-17 air drop, he explained.

The Russians have an armored vehicle that can be air-dropped, but Bassett said that vehicle doesn't have nearly the protection and lethality that the MPF will have.

The MPF is also not the Next Generation Combat Vehicle, which may eventually replace the Abrams tank and Bradley.

The MPF will fill a capability gap left when the M551 Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle was retired from regular service in 1996. That vehicle served as a light tank accompanying infantry formations and after being pulled from the regular inventory, it was used for many years at the National Training Center as an opposing force, or OPFOR, armored vehicle.

About the same time that the M551 was retired, the Army was developing an M-8 Armored Gun System to replace it. The AGS was eventually cancelled to free up funding for other programs.

Requirements for the MPF are designed to enable freedom of movement and action for IBCTs, to expand lodgment and prevent counterattack, to defeat local fortifications, point defenses and blocking positions, and to maintain momentum of attack.

"We're looking at awarding a contract in early FY19," Bassett said of the MPF.

"We expect to be delivering prototypes off of that program effort within 15 months of contract award," he said, "and getting it in the hands of an evaluation unit six months after that -- rapid!"

A recent program that serves as a model for rapid acquisition is the 30mm Stryker lethality program, Bassett said. The Strykers with 30mm cannons will be headed to Europe next month.

"My task is what can I do to meet the chief's No. 1 priority, which is readiness," Basset said, referring to Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley.

"The Next Generation Combat Vehicle won't be fielded in 2022," he said, adding that it might reach a decision point then, but "I'm interested in what we can do in the meantime."

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Re: US Army Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2018, 03:11:54 AM »
US Army receives first bids for new Mobile Protected Firepower tank | Janes - 26 October 2017
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The army hopes a new MPF platform can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower – likely a light- to medium-tank – to ensure the infantry's freedom of action.

BAE Systems submitted a written proposal on 1 March that “leveraged the army’s earlier investment in, and made improvements on, the type-classified M8 Armored Gun System [AGS] — as well as other previous programmes — into a fully integrated MPF system”.


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Re: US Army Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 11:23:50 AM »
AUSA 2018: First public appearance of SAIC 105mm Light Tank MPF programme | Army Recognition - 10 October 2018
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American Company SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) presents for the first time to the public its concept of 105mm light tank at AUSA 2018, the Association of United States Army Exhibition and Conference that takes place in Washington D.C., United States. This project is developed to response to the MPF (Mobile Protected Firepower) programme of U.S. Army.

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The SAIC light tank is a joint project with ST Kinetics of Singapore and CMI Defence from Belgium to develop a new generation of combat vehicle that offers the U.S. Army an innovative solution that provides infantry forces access to combat environments in 21st century operations.


SAIC project of light tank with CMI Defence Cockerill 3105 weapon station at AUSA 2018, Association of United States Army defense exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.  (Picture source Army Recognition)