The Army's Ground Combat Vehicle Program and Alternatives
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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The Army is planning to develop and purchase a new Ground Combat Vehicle GCV that will serve the dual purposes of operating as a combat vehicle and transporting soldiers to, from, and around the battlefield. The GCV is intended to replace the current fleet of Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles IFVs, which operate with the service s armored combat brigades. The Congressional Budget Office CBO estimates that implementing the GCV program on the most recent schedule would cost 29 billion in 2013 dollars over the 2014 2030 period. This report compares the Army s plan for the GCV with four other options the service could pursue instead. Although none of those alternatives would meet all of the Army s goals for the GCV program, all are likely to be less costly and less risky in terms of unanticipated cost increases and schedule delays than CBO anticipates will be the case under the Army s plan. Some of the options also would offer advantages relative to the GCV in meeting the Army s mission.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Combat Vehicles