United States Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm
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.