The Army has selected three companies to develop prototypes of the new infantry squad vehicle. The Aug. 23 move brings the service a step closer to fielding the vehicle. With the $1 million mock-up contract, the Army plans on taking delivery of new infantry squad vehicles sometime next year.
The three companies are Oshkosh Defense/Flyer, GM Defense, and SAIC/ Polaris. Each prototype would be able to carry nine-soldier squads and the equipment they would need, and maneuver at weights up to 5,000 pounds. Early trials will take place at Aberdeen Test Center, Md., before moving on to Fort Bragg, N.C., for another round of testing. The Army wants to select a single winner by sometime before the middle of 2020.