The Army is looking to replace aging combat vehicles such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle with a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) but it will need reprogrammed dollars in FY18 to move forward at a rapid clip.
The U.S. Army has delivered to Congress a request to shift around roughly $378 million in fiscal 2018 funding to cover major modernization efforts teed up for rapid development now along with the coming years.
According to some June 2018 Defense Department reprogramming request, the Army takes its FY18 funding and aligning it with efforts to boost soldier lethality, revamp its tactical network and develop prototypes for future combat vehicles and long-range precision fires capabilities.
The Army has established a brand new four-star command, Army Futures Command, that can tackle its most pressing modernization priorities. The service has declared six top priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air and missile defense, and soldier lethality.
The AFC depends in Austin, Texas, but has already established cross-functional teams placed strategically at various forts and bases throughout the country that may each tackle essential listed.
Earlier this season, each CFT unveiled ambitious offers to rapidly prototype and develop capabilities within their respective portfolios, but those plans requires money, and very quickly.
The reprogramming makes sense, because Army was lacking a clear picture of countless in the development and prototyping efforts necessary to rapidly address modernization priorities back then the FY18 budget was formulated. And while the FY19 budget has some efforts funded, it’s likely the Army will have to reprogram additional money to fulfill goals set with the command’s CFTs.
The service would want to shift around a total of $136.2 million in FY18 budget funding to projects that will accelerate prototyping and growth and development of a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, based on the document.
Within that, the Army needs $98.6 million to produce three sets of experimental prototypes associated with an NGCV Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) that may indulge in operational experiments for manned-unmanned teaming evaluations and “the applicability of two man crew (2MC) to realize overmatch later on fight,” the reprogramming document states.
The money will likely be accustomed to accelerate the dwelling of the vehicles and also ensure these vehicles have full mission equipment packages, additional sensors plus an optionally manned capability, according to the document.
Funding also covers the growth and integration of Artificial Intelligence Terrain Recognition architecture, Hostile Fire Detection Localization camera and sensor as well as the acquisition and integration of the 3rd generation FLIR prototype sensors along with an evolving a pre-shot detection sensor from single-band to multi-band.
An additional $37.6 000 0000 would cover funding related to soliciting proposals and competitive source selection for NGCV to add sample testing of “vendor- proposed articles” in planning for your program to get in an engineering and manufacturing development phase.
The Army plans to spend one more $10 million around the effort in FY19, $333.6 million in FY20, $320 million in FY21, $218.7 million in FY22 and 65.7 million in FY23.
The service also notes that additional FY19 funding will probably be submitted later on reprogramming requests.
To meet the needs from the Army’s top modernization priority, Long-Range Precision Fires, the service needs one more $46 million for its Deep Strike Cannon Artillery effort which is portion of LRPF modernization.
“The accelerated project objective aims to develop long range armament technologies for weapons to aid potential deep strike capabilities from future cannon artillery systems,” the document reads.
The funding will enable technology development along with a compilation of engineering demonstrations through completion in FY22.
The Army also promises to spend $105 million in FY19 on the new start effort, $106 million in FY20, $73 million in FY21 and $62 million in FY22 for an overall total of $392 million. And like for
NGCV, additional dollars for FY19 will probably be called for through future reprogramming requests.
Falling inside the air-and-missile defense modernization priority bucket is surely an effort to fill an urgent capability gap identified within the European theater Short-Range Air Defense or SHORAD.
The Army is asking to reprogram $50 million in FY18 to cover the procurement, hardware and pay for integration efforts for an additional 12 prototypes for the Interim Manuever-SHORAD (IM-SHORAD) system.
“This additional funding will encourage the Army to satisfy its objective of fielding a battery-sized unit of IM-SHORAD inside 4th quarter of FY 2020,” in line with the reprogramming request.
The Army has additionally made drastic moves in the past year to generate a technologically superior and functional tactical network, canceling or shelving aspects with the network that didn’t address the genuine potential for operating against near-peer adversaries.
Now the service is seeking $12.2 million to obtain Nett Warrior, the network range extension and interoperability gateway system components on an Infantry Brigade Combat Team “in order to evaluate the scalability of your integrated tactical network (ITN),” the document.
According towards the request, the device will keep the April 2019 assessment with the Joint Readiness Training Center.
While not an individual modernization priority, the Army is dependant on having a Synthetic Training Environment that spans over the modernization efforts. The Army has even formed a special CFT to move the effort along.
A total of $17.9 million is had to develop the STE. “This capability is crucial to enhance squad combat readiness, the fundamental foundations of dismounted combat power,” the request reads.
The service also wants $10.6 000 0000 for prototyping efforts to produce “critical requirements and concepts” for that STE architecture, training management tools and training simulation services, based on the request.
Prototyping and test efforts will be completed in FY18 and will “shape key system specific requirements in order to guide the transition in a program of record in FY 2020,” the document states.
The Army is requesting to reprogram $104.six million to acquire 3,609 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) systems to guide an operational needs statement from Army Forces Command. New night vision goggles is but one the first efforts from the Soldier Lethality CFT.
To purchase those new systems, the Army is cutting the funding, inside same amount, from the acquisition of a monocular night vision system, the request notes.
While not a part of the Army’s six modernization priorities, the service is also reprogramming roughly $190.3 million in FY18 funding to guide a Defense Secretary Jim Mattis-directed task force designed to overhaul the infantry officially dubbed the Close Combat Lethality Task Force. There is some overlap within the funding with AFC modernization efforts.