United States Army awards tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cle con­tract to Wis­con­sin firm

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Wis­con­sin, U.S.-based Oshkosh Corp. won a ma­jor con­tract Tues­day to build a new com­bat ve­hi­cle to re­place a large share of the U.S. mil­i­tary’s Humvee troop car­ri­ers.

The U.S. Depart­ment of De­fense awarded the Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Ve­hi­cle con­tract to Oshkosh De­fense, one of three firms that were fi­nal­ists for the work. The US$6.7 bil­lion con­tract is ex­pected to sup­port thou­sands of jobs.

The Army and Marine Corps plan to buy as many as 55,000 JLTVs by 2040. Nearly 49,100 would be built for the U.S. Army with 5,500 go­ing to the U.S. Marines. The ve­hi­cle is de­signed to pro­vide more pro­tec­tion against road­side bombs and mines than Humvees with­out be­ing as big as another mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle pro­duced by Oshkosh, the Mine Re­sis­tant Am­bush Pro­tected ve­hi­cle, or MRAP.

Oshkosh De­fense beat out Lock­heed Martin and AM Gen­eral for the con­tract. De­fense Depart­ment of­fi­cials de­clined dur­ing a brief­ing for re­porters to say why they chose Oshkosh over its com­peti­tors.

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