Oshkosh Corp. won an initial contract Tuesday from the U.S. Army for its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a $30 billion program.
The Army plans to purchase about 55,000 of the multipurpose land vehicles for its troops and the Marine Corps through 2040 as a better-armored replacement for the Humvee. The other competitors for the contract were Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General, the Humvee’s maker.
The initial contract, including options, is valued at $6.75 billion for about 17,000 vehicles, the Army said in a statement.
“Oshkosh has been building tactical vehicles for the Department of Defense for 90 years, so no other company understands the role that tactical vehicles play in our troops’ lives better than Oshkosh,” Charles Szews, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
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The losing bidders have 10 days to lodge a protest with the Government Accountability Office after they’re briefed on the decision, and Lockheed suggested that it may do so.
“We believe we presented a very strong solution and await the customers’ debrief to hear more detail regarding the reasons behind this selection before making a decision about a potential protest,” the company said in a statement.
The Humvee entered service in 1985, when “improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other anti-vehicle explosive devices were not a major factor in military planning,” according to a March 9 report by the Congressional Research Service.
Deadly attacks on Humvees during the Iraq War led to efforts to speed delivery of Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs. The JLTV is envisioned as a more mobile, lighter descendant of the top-heavy MRAP, which has limited off-road capabilities, essentially combining the mobility of the Humvee and the protection of the larger MRAP.