Industrial Assessment for Tracked Combat Vehicles,
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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DoD tracked combat vehicle TCV procurement has declined significantly from the peak years of the mid-l98Os. As procurements have declined, the TCV industry has consolidated from three prime contractors to two -- General Dynamics Land Systems and United Defense, Limited Partnership. Both prime contractors supplying TCVs for DoD use are profitable, and both are taking steps to reduce costs and improve their competitive position. DoD TCV funding is expected to remain relatively stable for the foreseeable future. Funding stability can be as critical as absolute funding dollars. Current and planned new vehicle, derivative, and upgrademodification programs, coupled with prospective foreign sales of mediumlight vehicles, generally will be sufficient to sustain needed prime contractor and supplier industrial engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Planned advanced technology demonstrators and funded research and development programs will also sustain a level of TCV engineering capabilities that will be just adequate to support TCV technology needs.
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