Further JLTV Contracts Awarded

by: Matthew Potter
August 23, 2012

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The Army as part of the ongoing Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract which ultimately will lead to a replacement for the HUMVEE awarded 3 contracts yesterday to companies to conduct Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) work. This should lead ultimately to the selection of one or perhaps two of them to produce the vehicle. The JLTV program could build tens of thousands of the light trucks for use by the U.S. military and many allied nations.

The teams selected for the continued effort were AM General, the current HUMVEE supplier, Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Oshkosh (OSK).

The initial contracts are in the $55-65 million range and will begin a little over two year effort of prototype development and testing which should then lead to a Milestone C Low Rate Initial Production Decision in 2015-16.

The practice of funding multiple EMD contractors and then choosing a winner was the successful acquisition strategy used for the MRAP-AT program in 2008 that led to Oshkosh producing thousands of those lighter, more maneuverable Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks for use in Afghanistan.

This is the second attempt at the JLTV as an earlier contest was cancelled due to the size and cost of the systems being developed.

The new JLTV will be more rugged then the HUMVEE taking the lessons learned from the last decade of fighting into account.

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