The U.S. Army has chosen Oshkosh Defense and its partner Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to build the new Medium Caliber Weapon System — a 30mm, unmanned turreted auto-cannon — for the Stryker combat vehicle, reported Defence News, citing US Army announcement.
The first delivery order covers 91 vehicles valued at roughly $130 million. The U.S. Army could build up to six Stryker Brigades with the MCWS version so the potential contract value is roughly $942 million over six years, according to the U.S. Army announcement.
Oshkosh beat out two other teams, but the U.S. Army would not name competitors. According to Defense News’ sources it was a General Dynamics Land Systems and Kongsberg Defense team and a Leonardo DRS and Moog team.
The Oshkosh team is composed of Pratt Miller, which began the competition as a separate company. In December 2020, Oshkosh purchased Pratt Miller for $115 million. Pratt Miller was teamed up with Rafael and the winning MCWS solution integrates Rafael’s SAMSON family of turrets onto the Stryker.
“The Oshkosh team brought together best-in-class capabilities for weapon system design, manufacturing, and integration to provide a highly capable solution that meets the Stryker MCWS program requirements today and offers the flexibility to upgrade tomorrow,” Pat Williams, the company’s vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps programs, said in a statement.
The US Army decided to outfit three out of six of its brigades equipped with Double V-Hull A1 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles with 30mm guns — a total of 83 vehicles per brigade.
In May 2019, the service selected five companies to come up with designs, awarding each a study contract. Those companies were General Dynamics Land Systems, Kollsman Inc., Leonardo DRS, Raytheon and Pratt & Miller Engineering and Fabrication Inc. Following a protest, the Army awarded a sixth contract to EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc.
The Army began its competition to award a production contract. There was a government testing in August 2020 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. “We had several fantastic solutions evaluated over the course of nearly a year now and what resulted was the best value award selection to a winning vendor”, Col. Bill Venable, the program manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team within the Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems.