WASHINGTON, DC — With the US Army seeking a replacement for the Humvee, Defense News reports that it is poised to announce a contract winner for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in the very near future. Concerning the three competitors: Lockheed Martin, AM General, and Oshkosh Defense, Managing Director James Tinsley had this to say: “Everybody needs this, and one thing I get asked a lot is who needs the contract the most.”
Lockheed is essentially the only one in there since the first phase, and everyone else has had to fund development on their own.” — James Tinsley
In JLTV Award Could Reorder Vehicle Industry, Defense News author Joe Gould describes each contractor’s prospects should it win or lose the award, which is worth “three years of low-rate initial production and five years of full-rate production, for a total of 49,100 for the Army and 5,500 for the Marine Corps.” Despite its formidable status in the defense industry, Lockheed Martin is a new entrant in the JLTV market–but as such has designed their offering from scratch as opposed to modifying an existing product.
Meanwhile, this contract is set to replace a third of the Army’s AM General-manufactured Humvee fleet. However, the company has worked hard to diversify its offerings in case they don’t win, and Humvee upgrades both domestic and international will protect the company’s strong position in this market to some degree. In any case, AM General is expected to offer a more competitive price than Lockheed’s potentially more modern option.
Oshkosh brings experience to the table in building capable, survivable, heavy and medium tactical vehicles. “In the JLTV competition, Tinsley said he considers Oshkosh to be the middle choice, cost-competitive and experienced with heavy military trucks. The question is whether its bid will be lowest.”