The Army Contracting Command has begun a market survey on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps to seek information on potential industry sources that could meet the requirement for an advanced reconnaissance vehicle and solicit feedback on the draft performance specification for the ARV.
USMC is eyeing the development of a next-generation combat vehicle system with an open system architecture, sensors, communications and combat systems to gather and transmit information while integrating artificial intelligence and robotics into manned-unmanned teams, according to a request for information published Wednesday.
“The ARV will provide the Fleet Marine Force with the survivable, mobile, networked, sustainable, maintainable and lethal platform optimized for naval transport and amphibious employment in the littoral operating environment,” the RFI reads.
According to the notice, the ARV family of vehicles is envisioned to consist of six mission role variants: Command, Control, Communications and Computers-Unmanned Aerial System; Organic Precision Fire-Mounted; Counter-UAS; 30mm Autocannon and Anti-Tank Guided Missile; Logistics; and Recovery.
The draft specification document as part of the RFI is for the C4UAS mission role variant. A virtual industry day for the ARV requirement is likely to occur as soon as February.
Responses to the market survey are due Jan. 23.