Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Withdraws from Ground Combat Vehicle Program Competition
Lake Orion, MI – January 18, 2011 Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) has recently decided to withdraw as a competitor for the Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program. The GCV Program is the Army’s initiative to develop an armored vehicle that will improve survivability and increase fighting capability beyond that of the current arsenal. Under the current program, the contracting efforts have been divided into three stages. The first stage will not require producing a prototype demonstration vehicle and, in fact, the Army will wait a total of seven years to field a weapon system.
After reviewing the Army’s continuing GCV strategy, ADVS has decided to withdraw from the competition. According to ADVS’ CEO, James LeBlanc, Sr., “This drawn-out Army process does not fit with ADVS’ rapid development and fielding capabilities.” For the initial development stage, the Army is willing to spend up to $450 million per contract awarded; which could total up to $1.35 billion. ADVS has shown with similar combat armored vehicles for foreign military use and with other major weapon system contracts that they can design, develop, integrate, prototype and field such an advanced system in one to two years. ADVS focuses on survivable vehicles that meet customer requirements to rigid specifications at a reasonable development cost, to be fielded rapidly and to protect the soldiers today and in the future. Just recently, ADVS delivered the first production of the ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon armored personnel carriers to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior (KMOI). ADVS began discussions with the KMOI in 2007 to design a security vehicle that is able to meet their specific mobility, survivability, and performance requirements and customer budget. ADVS designed, manufactured, tested, and completed the vehicles for delivery by fall 2010, a less-than three-year full development to production timeline duration.
While ADVS supports the Army’s concept, they encourage the U.S. Department of Defense to review the ADVS strategies and past performance and consider ways of developing and fielding vehicles quicker and more economically. Such a rapid process is counter to the current GCV strategy; though supportive of the philosophy of Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.
ADVS specializes in designing, engineering and manufacturing defense vehicles for current and future requirements of the military, homeland defense, and national security markets. ADVS and their principles have been working with the U.S. and international governments for over 40 years in the development of security and tactical vehicles. ADVS also provides program management, field service, logistics, training, manual support, and spare parts for tactical vehicles. ADVS’ innovative vehicle product features plus extensive experience contributes highly to mission efficiency and increased survivability. For more information, visit www.advs.com
Major General M. Lott, USMC (Ret) CEO
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