Army RFI - Prototype Unmanned Robotic Teleop Combat Vehicle with Automatic Cannon

Army armored robotic combat vehicle. (source: MAE)

Army armored robotic combat vehicle. (source: MAE)

June 15, 2019 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, militaryaerospace.com, John Keller, 10 June 2019

Army to operate Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium by teleoperation, autonomous waypoint navigation, or leader-follower, with government-furnished software.


U.S. Army unmanned combat vehicle experts are considering an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with onboard 20-to-50-millimeter automatic cannon that can fight alongside infantry and destroy enemy armored personnel carriers, trucks, and troops.

Officials of the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) in Warren, Mich., may issue a call for white papers as early as this month to kick off the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M) project.

The RCV-M will be an attritable unmanned platform augment infantry with direct fire capability and on-board sensors, with a common chassis and tailorable modular mission payloads.

This unmanned combat vehicle should be able to keep pace with infantry and other armored vehicles during off-road maneuver and movement on paved streets and highways.

From industry, the Army wants answers to five questions:

  • Does an NDI platform serve as the foundation for your proposed approach to develop an Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium? If so, what is the base platform and what are the proposed modifications?
  • Does a prototype or demonstrator of your proposed approach exist or is the platform near completion? If so, will you demonstrate its capabilities at your facility for the Army?
  • If the Army provides four MCT-30 medium caliber turrets for integration, what is the earliest you could deliver the vehicles?
  • If you provide a turret of your own choosing when is the earliest you could deliver the vehicle;
  • What are the primary drivers to schedule risk?

Related Solicitation

FedBizOp Link: Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M)

Solicitation Number: OTA-RCVM-RPP-19-13
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command

Response Date: 14 Jun 2019 11:59 pm Eastern