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U.S. Marine Corps was seeking a wheeled, highly mobile, weapons-capable light strike vehicle which could be carried internally within the MV-22 Osprey, the CH-53 and CH-47. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) also picked up on this requirement, and in October 2013 issued an IDIQ non-developmental contract for up to 10 Flyer 60 vehicles.
The field of candidates for lightweight wheeled vehicles is a crowded one, with a number of manufacturers vying for opportunities to support requirements in both the United States and internationally. Given this reality, competition has been fierce to meet U.S. military opportunities across multiple programs.
The Flyer 60 was an ideal candidate to meet the ITV requirements, as it is based on a proven design and makes extensive use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts, which simplifies supply chain issues.
In order to meet internal carriage requirements, Flyer Defense recognized that a major constraint on the vehicle’s size would be the width. Its smaller Flyer chassis, The Flyer 60, is 60 inches wide, which enables it to fit inside the cargo areas of the MV-22, CH-52 and CH-47. This was an advantage over the HMMWV, which measures over 7 feet (84 inches) wide and is too bulky to do so.
U.S. SOCOM, which had already chosen the larger Flyer 72 for its GMV 1.1 Requirement, issued an IDIQ contract in October 2013 for the Flyer 60 as an ITV platform for special operations use.
Flyer Defense has successfully developed successive generations of a wheeled, highly mobile platform, available in two base chassis widths, which can be rapidly configured to support a variety of missions.To Learn How Flyer Defense Can Support Your RequirementsTo Learn How Flyer Defense Can Support Your Requirements