US Army and Marine Corps pick JLTV win­ners

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The US Army and Marine Corps awarded Oshkosh, AM Gen­eral and Lock­heed Martin 27-month con­tracts to com­pete in the engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing de­vel­op­ment phase of the Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Ve­hi­cle ( JLTV) com­pe­ti­tion — the last round be­fore a win­ner is se­lected to build the Humvee re­place­ment fleet.

The three win­ners will have 27 months to build 22 pro­to­type trucks to be judged by the ser­vices. Army and Marine Corps lead­ers have stip­u­lated the per ve­hi­cle truck price must fall un­der $2,50,000. Ad­just­ing the price ceil­ing to un­der $2,50,000 was one of the ma­jor break- throughs that kept the JLTV pro­gramme alive when many thought it might be re­placed by the Humvee re­cap­i­tal­i­aa­tions pro­gramme.

The Army plans to buy at least 50,000 ve­hi­cles and the Marine Corps plans to buy 5,000 more in one of the largest con­tracts avail­able to de­fence com­pa­nies as the De­fense Depart­ment shrinks its mod­erni­sa­tion bud­get along with other planned spend­ing cuts.

The three in­dus­try teams that en­tered the tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment phase of the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded Gen­eral Tac­ti­cal Ve­hi­cles (Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics and AM Gen­eral); BAE Sys­tems and Lock­heed Martin; and Nav­is­tar and BAE Sys­tems. Oshkosh an­nounced its in­ten­tions to bid on the EMD phase of the con­tract months be­fore the March dead­line.

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