BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Add Members to Ground Combat Vehicle

ARLINGTON, Vir­ginia — BAE Sys­tems and Northrop Grum­man today announced addi­tion­al mem­bers to their GCV team in their bid for the U.S. Army’s Ground Com­bat Vehi­cle (GCV) com­pe­ti­tion.

BAE Sys­tems-Northrop Grum­man GCV team­mates include: 

  • Qine­tiQ North America
  • Saft

“We have built a team that has exten­sive expe­ri­ence and inno­va­tion in the devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of com­bat sys­tems and sub­sys­tems,” said Mark Sig­norel­li, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of Ground Com­bat Vehi­cles at BAE Sys­tems. “With this team we bring more to our cus­tomer by pro­vid­ing a vehi­cle that will meet the Army’s require­ments for a high­ly sur­viv­able plat­form that can adapt to a con­stant­ly evolv­ing and chang­ing oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment; from human­i­tar­i­an relief to a full scale battlefield.” 

Each team­mate will bring a dif­fer­ent capa­bil­i­ty to GCV that will help to strength­en the BAE Sys­tems-Northrop Grum­man team offer­ing. 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. Northrop Grum­man will serve as the C4ISR (com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­put­ers, intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance) lead. 

Qine­tiQ North Amer­i­ca will pro­vide the elec­tric dri­ve propul­sion sys­tem or E‑X-Dri­ve™ for Ground Com­bat Vehi­cles. The E‑X-Dri­ve is the key com­po­nent of the hybrid elec­tric dri­ve sys­tem, which min­i­mizes elec­tri­cal demand, saves on vehi­cle fuel costs, improves reli­a­bil­i­ty, pro­vides high­er dash speed and accel­er­a­tion and increased on-board and off-board pow­er. Saft will pro­vide the ener­gy stor­age sys­tem for the GCV

The BAE Sys­tems-Northrop Grum­man GCV offer­ing will be the first com­bat vehi­cle designed from the ground-up to oper­ate in an IED-threat envi­ron­ment. The team’s offer­ing will pro­vide sur­viv­abil­i­ty, mobil­i­ty and ver­sa­til­i­ty that will address the oper­a­tional require­ments of the cus­tomer. The GCV mine sur­viv­abil­i­ty will exceed that of a Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed vehi­cle, while the enhanced mobil­i­ty capa­bil­i­ties will allow the GCV to oper­ate in urban and cross coun­try envi­ron­ments. The team’s vehi­cle will also have an inte­grat­ed elec­tron­ic net­work capa­bil­i­ty and embed­ded intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance assets to con­nect the warfight­ers. The open archi­tec­ture elec­tron­ics will also be adapt­able to future net­work upgrades as new tech­nolo­gies mature. The mod­u­lar armor sys­tem will allow the unit com­man­der to rapid­ly apply or remove kits in the field to adjust to the tac­ti­cal situation. 

BAE Sys­tems is the top pro­duc­er of com­bat vehi­cles in the world and pro­vides near­ly 80 per­cent of the vehi­cles in the Heavy Brigade Com­bat Team (HBCT).

The GCV pro­gram is a devel­op­ment effort head­ed by the U.S. Army to devel­op the first com­bat vehi­cle designed from the ground up to oper­ate in an IED-threat environment. 

About BAE Sys­tems

BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US $36.2 billion). 

About Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion

Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny whose 120,000 employ­ees pro­vide inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts, and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, ship­build­ing and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers worldwide. 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please contact 

Kel­ly Gold­en, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3569 Mobile: +1 717 818 7400

Janis Lamar, Northrop Grum­man
Tel: +1 703 345 7046

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