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BAE-Northrop Team Wins $450M Army Contract, Will Develop Hybrid Electric Combat Vehicle

BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) team has won a $449.9 million contract for the technology development phase of the U.S. Army’s ground combat vehicle program.

The phase is a 24-month program for preliminary design review. The phase anticipates prototype builds during the engineering and manufacturing development phases.

The team will offer a vehicle with a hybrid electric drive propulsion system and adaptive platform, which enable scalability, mobility and integration of future technologies.

The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team was one of two industry teams awarded TD contracts.

BAE will lead program management, systems integration, vehicle design, structure and logistical support.

Northrop will serve as the C4 lead, with QinetiQ providing the key component of the hybrid propulsion system and iRobot integrating unmanned ground vehicle items.

“Advancing to this next phase in the competition brings us one step closer to fielding a vehicle for our soldiers that is affordable, provides for maximum force protection and is built to accommodate future technological enhancements, ” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems.

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