Oshkosh Defense wins JLTV program

Big news while we were away for a few days!  It has been announced that Oshkosh Defense has been awarded by the US Department of Defense the highly coveted Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.  JLTV is intended to partially replace the HUMVEE that has been in service with the US Army since the 1980’s.  Oshkosh beat out competitors AM General and Lockheed Martin for the contract, reported to be worth 6.7 billion dollars.  The Army and Marine Corps is are expected to buy 16,901 vehicles as part of this initial contract, with a potential for 49,000 vehicles purchased by 2040.  Production is expected to start next year and the first vehicles are expected to enter service with the USMC in 2018.

For more information on this story, we recommend this article from Defense News.

Here is the link to the JLTV page on the Oshkosh website.

Promotional video from Oshkosh showing their JLTV:

Final proposals for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle submitted

JLTV_Competitors_updateDefense News is reporting that yesterday manufacturers AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense delivered proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  The Army plans to make a decision and award a firm-fixed-price contract to a single vendor this year. The award period will cover three years of low-rate initial production and five years of full-rate production. The Army plans to buy approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army, and the Marine Corps would buy 5,500.  The JLTV is being described as filling the gap between Humvees and the larger, less MRAP vehicles.  The competition pits AM General’s Blast Resistant Vehicle-Off road (BRV-O),Oshkosh’s Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) variant, and a joint Lockheed Martin-BAE Systems offering.

Armored Vehicles see big boost in 2016 US budget

Breaking Defense.com is reporting that tanks and armored vehicles are getting a significant boost in the army budget.  The list five vehicles that will see significant funding increases in the 2016 request. Below are the items receiving funding increases with the benefiting company listed in parenthesis.

  • $368 million for upgrades to the M1 Abrams tank, up 50 percent from $237 million in fiscal 2015. (General Dynamics)
  • $225 million for upgrades to the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle up 65 percent from $136 million in ’15. (BAE)
  • $230 million to begin detailed design of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a turretless support variant of the Bradley, up 150 percent from $92 million. (BAE)
  • $152 million to further refine the upgraded M109 Paladin howitzer (Paladin Integrated Management or PIM) —  up 90 percent from $80 million. (BAE)
  • $308 million to buy 450 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV)  up 86 percent from $165 million. (undecided, the three candidates are Lockheed Martin, AM General, and Oshkosh.)