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Navy Awards LCS Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Marinette Marine a contract modification in order to “preserve production capability” for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The Business Journal reports that Marinette Marine was part of a team with Lockheed Martin that built one of the first two LCS ships for the Navy. The Navy plans to award two more ships and it was believed that only one of the two teams that had built a ship each would qualify for this next order. This contract action prevented Marinette Marine from cutting back on its work force, hence the preserving part. There is still no guarantee that the company will get further LCS work but it keeps the option open.

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New MRAP Proposal Submitted by Oshokosh

As was written about at BNET: Government the U.S. military is moving forward with a new generation of MRAP vehicles that will be lighter and more maneuverable for Afghanistan. The Business Journal of Milwaukee writes that Oshkosh submitted its proposal on 9 January for the program. Oshkosh along with BAE, Navistar and Force Protection would seem to be the main contenders for the program. The MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle program will be managed like the recent JLTV award for multiple development contracts with a test and evaluation program for different vehicles. More then one successful design may be awarded production contracts as the program goes.

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