US Army and Marine Corps pick JLTV winners
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.