Sunday, May 19, 2019

USAF/USAF Special Ops moving ahead alone in picking a custom built ITV for the CV-22...

via Shepard Media.
US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) have issued a joint solicitation for more than two dozen standardized Special Warfare V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITV).

With this, it appears that AFSOC and ACC are not willing to wait for a larger USSOCOM acquisition program for a similar mobility platform, a requirement officially initiated in August 2018.

The AFCOC ITVs should have the operational flexibility to support special warfare core activities of direct action, special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, security force assistance, counterinsurgency and rescue and recovery operations.

According to the AFSOC/ACC solicitation, released on 16 May 2019 by Air Force Materiel Command, the required ITV “must be able to safely transport four special warfare personnel and accommodate four litter patients simultaneously through the full spectrum of environmental conditions and terrain during tactical operations.

"The ITV will traverse off-road, however operational capability on primary and secondary roads are required. ITV addresses the increased payload of the Special Operations Team, range required for infiltration/exfiltration, and transportability of combat wounded, without compromising space for ITV crew and passengers.”

The solicitation requests vendor pricing for 27 Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicles (SRTV) SXV gas variants, manufactured by BC Customs.
Story here. 

Too juicy.

We have ParaRescue order the Guardian Air Deployable Rescue Vehicle (the pics at the top) because they needed a platform that could enable long distance rescue without "risking" additional aircraft and now they're expanding that to an ITV to fit CV-22s.

Even better.

Everyone is looking for an ITV to fit the V-22 but the USAF and USAF Special Ops won't wait on SOCOM & the Marine Corps to pick a vehicle.

The need is so urgent that they must go alone.  Not only that but they need a race tuned rig.

Simple question.

Have they validated this need?  Has anyone in SOCOM or the Marine Corps actually done a test to see if this concept even works!

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