The Army is hunting for a new all-electric light recon vehicle – Task & Purpose


The Army is searching for defense contractors to furnish the service with an off-the-shelf squad reconnaissance vehicle to complement its growing fleet of next-generation ground combat vehicles.

The service on Wednesday published a market survey in search of a fully electric or hybrid-electric tactical vehicle to “inform” the acquisition strategy of its electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) program.

The eLRV will provide “enhanced mobility, lethality, protection, mission load capacity, and onboard power” for six soldiers to conduct both mounted and dismounted reconnaissance and surveillance missions for Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, according to the market survey.

The ideal vehicle will be transportable via CH-47 or C-130, have a range of more than 300 miles, and come with a medium-caliber weapon system to provide “precision ‘stand-off’ lethality” against both small arms and other light armored vehicles, according to a 2019 Congressional Research Service report.

A Supacat Light Role Vehicle (LRV), an example of a light reconnaissance vehicle

A Supacat Light Role Vehicle (LRV), an example of a light reconnaissance vehicle