US Soldiers Contribute to the Development of Next-Generation Military Vehicle

Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas recently completed a crucial two-week engagement on the U.S. Army’s XM30 Combat Vehicle program. This program is set to introduce new capabilities and transform Armored Brigade Combat Teams by the end of the decade. During the sessions at the Detroit Arsenal, a group of Soldiers collaborated with engineers and designers to provide feedback on potential XM30 designs. This program involves two vendors, General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall Vehicles, who are under contract to supply prototype vehicles for testing and evaluation. The soldiers’ input will inform the final production selection, scheduled for late Fiscal Year 2027. Sgt. 1st Class Isaac Busch from the 1-18 Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division emphasized the significance of soldiers’ input, drawing from their extensive operational experience with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Key features highlighted in the XM30 design include next-generation optics, fire control systems, and a 50mm weapon system, all aimed at enhancing future formations’ combat effectiveness against evolving threats. Brig. Gen. Geoffrey Norman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team (NGCV CFT), stressed the Soldier-centric design approach. The Soldier touchpoint involved practical drills and detailed discussions on various aspects of the vehicle’s design, ranging from dismount timings to accessibility for maintenance. The engagement at Fort Riley is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Army and its industry partners to develop a combat vehicle tailored to meet the needs of future battlefield operations. Staff Sgt. John Buenavista underscored the anticipation within the ranks for the XM30’s rollout, highlighting the expectation for enhanced operational capabilities and soldier comfort. The XM30 program represents a significant milestone in the Army’s modernization efforts, with Soldier feedback playing a central role in shaping the future of armored combat vehicles.

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