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Gen. Ray Odierno: Army Eyes New Combat Vehicle Development Programs

Gen. Ray Odierno
Gen. Ray Odierno

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has said the military branch is looking to build four types of ground combat vehicle over the next two years, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes the Army wants an air droppable off-road truck, a scout car, a light tank and an infantry fighting vehicle.

Odierno noted at a Defense Writers’ Group breakfast event Thursday the military service plans to start work on the IFV development program in the near term.

“We’re taking a look at, do we move forward with some sort of prototyping?” Odierno told Breaking Defense.

“We’re still working our way through that,” he added.

The branch proposed the Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle for cross-country transport of infantry soldiers and the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle to carry heavy weapons and scouts, according to the report.

Odierno also told reporters he is willing to get more involved in the military acquisition process and that he believes service chiefs can also help the DefenseDepartment in the trade space.

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