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The Pentagon officially approved $1.35 billion in funding for its new fleet of Ground Combat Vehicles (GCV) to replace the Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.According to defence News, the Army plans to buy more than 1,800 GCVs at about $10.5 million apiece.
Hitting the battlefield in 2017, the new vehicles will have more power, better protection, advanced technology and deliver a nine-man squad into battle.
Building upon 10 years of lessons
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learned in Iraq and Afghanistan the GCV will:
- Be completely networked to a central computer for coordinated missions
- Be capable of speeds up to 30 mph
- Consume less fuel than the Bradley
- Be integrated with unmanned systems
- Be hauled by the C-17 Globemaster instead of the C-130 allowing it to be larger
- utilise the new hit avoidance systems
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