Oshkosh Corp. resumes work on tactical vehicle contract

Freeman Staff

Dec. 15, 2015

OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Defense has been directed to resume work on a joint light tactical vehicle production contract for the U.S. Army after a government board dismissed a complaint regarding the contract.

The JLTV program fills a capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light vehicle that provides unprecedented protection, off-road mobility and transportability, according to the Tuesday announcement.

“We are pleased that the JLTV production contract, awarded to Oshkosh in August, is now moving forward to deliver the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense, in a statement. “Our JLTV is designed to safely transport soldiers and Marines as they perform their missions ‘outside the wire’ — providing unprecedented off-road speed and mobility on future battlefields that could be virtually anywhere in the world.”

According to Oshkosh Corporation, the U.S. Government Accountability Office dismissed Lockheed Martin’s protest Tuesday based on Lockheed’s notice that it intends to file a protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. After that determination, the U.S. Army lifted the stop work order and instructed Oshkosh to resume performance of the JLTV contract. As part of the contract, Oshkosh will begin delivering vehicles within the next 10 months. The total number of vehicles it will produce is about 17,000, as well as kits and sustainment services over an eight-year period.