Thursday, August 27, 2015
Oshkosh Selected to Build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the Army and Marine Corps
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army awarded the Oshkosh Corp. a firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The total contract value, including all options is $6.75 billion.
JLTV is an Army-led, joint acquisition program with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) intended to close an existing gap in each services’ light tactical vehicle fleet.
“I am tremendously proud of the JLTV program team,” said Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology). ““Working with industry, they are delivering major improvements in protected mobility for Soldiers and have succeeded in executing a program that remains on-budget and on-schedule.”“
The Army selected Oshkosh from three competing firms participating in the program’s engineering and manufacturing development phase, which began in 2012 and concluded earlier this year. Each vendor delivered 22 prototype vehicles as part of JLTV development, which were utilized as part of an intensive, 14-month competitive test.
“With America’s Soldiers and Marines in mind, the program team successfully met both services’ requirements for affordable, achievable capability advancements that will make a true difference,” said Sean Stackley, the assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition). “Today’s award brings us a step closer to delivering a flexible vehicle that balances the payload, performance, and protection critical in the operating environments of today and tomorrow.”
Low-Rate Initial Production is slated to begin in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The Army and Marine Corps will procure approximately 17,000 vehicles under this initial contract, with a decision on full rate production by the department expected in fiscal 2018. Procurement of 5,500 USMC vehicles are front-loaded into the JLTV production plan. Initial USMC operating capability is expected in fiscal 2018 with fielding to the Marine Corps complete in fiscal 2022.
The Army anticipates having its first unit equipped in fiscal 2018. Army procurement will last until approximately 2040 and replace a significant portion of the Army’s legacy light tactical vehicle fleet with 49,099 new vehicles.
JLTV manufacturing will be performed in Oshkosh, with deliveries beginning 10 months after award. A full-rate production decision is expected in fiscal 2018. JLTV remains a priority modernization effort for the Army and USMC.