Monday, April 21, 2014
Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
News on MRAP, JLTV and other vehicles
DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

DefenseAlert - 04/15/2014

The Marine Corps will retain 2,500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- more than twice the number of trucks it had planned to keep last year -- due to be removed from Afghanistan, a top service official said.

Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

Oshkosh Defense plans to lay off approximately 760 employees this summer as it rebalances its work force to deal with declining military vehicle spending, according to an April 10 company announcement.

Inside the Navy - 03/31/2014

The Marine Corps will host a second industry day for its humvee upgrade program in April and will provide vendors with the opportunity to inspect operational vehicles, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Navy - 03/24/2014

The Marine Corps has slashed $170 million in procurement funding in its fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Light Armored Vehicle due to higher service priorities, impacts of sequestration and aligning funding with the appropriate year of execution.

Inside the Navy - 03/24/2014

The Marine Corps is delaying by three months the release of a draft request for proposals for its humvee upgrade program and will hold a second industry day on April 9, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 03/24/2014

Textron Marine and Land Systems has been awarded a $22.5 million modification to a foreign military sales contract to continue its support of its Mobile Strike Force Vehicles for the Afghan army for an additional 10 months, according to a March 18 Defense Department announcement.

DefenseAlert - 02/20/2014

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army and Marine Corps are finalizing the requirements for the last phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, according to officials overseeing the effort.

Inside the Army - 02/10/2014

While the Army missed last month's deadline to send Congress a final report on its humvee survivability upgrade activities, a service spokesman said last week that the study was near final approval.

Inside the Army - 02/03/2014

The Army and the Marine Corps are committed to the development of new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace 55,000 humvees in the coming years, but the Pentagon's top testing officials plan to compare the JLTV's survivability test results to that of simpler humvee upgrade solutions, according to a recent Defense Department report.

Inside the Navy - 01/27/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to add about 3,500 emergency egress windshields for its Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement and the service is conducting a market survey to determine "qualified, experienced and interested" vendors, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 01/20/2014

AM General's lawsuit against U.S. Special Operations Command over the next-generation Ground Mobility Vehicle competition is slated to begin in Federal Claims Court in March, according to the Justice Department.

Inside the Navy - 01/06/2014

The Marine Corps is aiming for a $110,000 cost target to upgrade its humvee fleet with a price tag including hardware and integration in production, according to Dec. 19 industry day presentation slides.

Inside the Army - 01/06/2014

The Government Accountability Office has denied AM General and Navistar Defense protests of a $562 million U.S. Special Operations Command contract award to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program.

Inside the Army - 01/06/2014

The Army has awarded a $104 million contract to Oshkosh Defense for an additional 545 trucks from the family of medium tactical vehicles, according to a recent Defense Department notice.

Inside the Navy - 12/23/2013

The Marine Corps last week began hosting a second industry day for upgrading its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Cougar variant fleet because of the large number of responses the service received, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 12/23/2013

The Defense Department has touted the rapid acquisition of its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fleet as one of the most successful, life-saving military procurements since WWII, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) last week criticized the Pentagon's ongoing effort to scrap much of the $45 billion fleet as a symbol of big government waste.

Inside the Army - 12/23/2013

The Army expects to send Congress a report in January detailing the service's efforts to evaluate several proposed industry designs aimed at improving humvee survivability, according to a letter from the Army's acquisition executive.

Inside the Navy - 12/16/2013

The Marine Corps is hosting an industry day this week for the humvee sustainment modification initiative to gauge industry interest and solicit feedback, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 12/16/2013

Lockheed Martin announced last week that a Camden, AR, manufacturing complex, where it plans to produce the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, has passed a key readiness review.

Inside the Navy - 12/09/2013

The Marine Corps faces a hurdle in its plan to donate excess ground vehicles to other nations around the world as a result of the drawdown in Afghanistan, the service's senior logistics official said last week.

Inside the Army - 12/09/2013

QinetiQ North America has won an $18 million contract to provide the Army with upgraded protective nets designed to shield Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles against rocket-propelled grenades, according to a Dec. 4 company announcement.

Inside the Navy - 12/02/2013

The Marine Corps recently released a request for proposals to upgrade its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Cougar variant fleet.

Inside the Army - 11/11/2013

The Army is hoping to acquire more than 600 network A-kits for use on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles produced by Oshkosh Defense, according to a presolicitation notice issued last week.

DefenseAlert - 10/29/2013

The Defense Department's inspector general plans to audit the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program next year, according to a fiscal year 2014 audit plan recently released by the IG.

Inside the Navy - 10/28/2013

The Marine Corps remains committed to buying 5,500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, but may need to purchase them over a longer period of time because of sequestration cuts, Marine Corps and Army officials said last week.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2013

While Army officials face massive sequestration cuts and have sounded the alarm on virtually every acquisition effort, the managers of the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle vied to portray their program as stable and well-supported.

Inside the Army - 10/21/2013

While the Army is unwilling to divert resources away from the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which it wants to replace the humvee, some defense companies continue to push the service and Congress to commit to upgrading the approximately 100,000 humvees that are expected to remain in service.

Inside the Army - 10/21/2013

NATO and Afghan military forces were unable to account for $230 million worth of spare vehicle parts last year, according to a report released last week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Inside the Navy - 10/21/2013

As the Marine Corps cuts its force structure from 202,000 to 174,000, driven by the drawdown in Afghanistan and continuing across-the-board budget cuts imposed by sequestration, the service will reduce the amount of equipment in its inventory, according to the service's logistics chief.

DefenseAlert - 10/15/2013

BAE Systems said today it will close an armored vehicle manufacturing facility in Sealy, TX, by the end of next June, despite previously announced plans to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle there.

Inside the Army - 09/30/2013

The Army's top acquisition general reiterated the service's commitment to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle last week, noting that while he did not expect the Marine Corps to drop out of the program, the Army was prepared to go it alone.

Inside the Army - 09/30/2013

The Army awarded Oshkosh Defense $22 million last week to supply 479 rocket-propelled grenade net kits for installation on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles, according to a Defense Department announcement.

Inside the Army - 09/30/2013

The Army is looking for companies capable of manufacturing networking kits for use in future capability set network architecture for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, according to a sources sought notice released last week.

DefenseAlert - 09/25/2013

The Army has awarded an $8.4 million contract to Harris Radio Corp. to produce up to 232 Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radios for testing, certification and integration with current and future Army vehicles, according to a service statement released late yesterday.

Inside the Army - 09/23/2013

Meritor Defense last week announced the launch of two new mobility upgrades aimed at the tactical wheeled vehicle market, specifically the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and the humvee sustainment program.

Inside the Army - 09/16/2013

BAE Systems announced last week that it would eliminate 140 jobs from a manufacturing plant in Sealy, TX, by the end of the year.

Inside the Army - 09/16/2013

The Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center announced last week that the service had begun final testing on three Ultra Light Vehicle research prototypes.

Inside the Army - 09/09/2013

The Army last week said it had begun engineering and manufacturing development testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle on schedule and on budget, despite threats posed by sequestration, according to a statement on the service's website.

DefenseAlert - 09/03/2013

Navistar Defense and AM General will file a protest with the Government Accountability Office after losing out on a $562 million contract U.S. Special Operations Command recently awarded to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1.

Inside the Army - 09/02/2013

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has won a $562 million contract from U.S. Special Operations Command to provide a new fleet of Ground Mobility Vehicles, snagging one of the few remaining armored vehicle business opportunities from the U.S. military.

Inside the Army - 08/19/2013

All three contractors competing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle engineering and manufacturing development contract have delivered 22 prototypes to the Army and Marine Corps ahead of schedule, according to company announcements.

Inside the Army - 08/19/2013

The Army has released a pre-solicitation for a possible foreign military sale of humvees to Kenya, according to an Aug. 9 government notice.

Inside the Navy - 08/19/2013

DALLAS -- While the Army and the Marine Corps are "absolutely committed" to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Marines' ability to fund the program remains uncertain, the JLTV project manager said last week.

DefenseAlert - 08/14/2013

DALLAS -- While the Army and the Marine Corps are "absolutely committed" to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Marines' ability to fund the program remains uncertain, the JLTV project manager said today.

Inside the Army - 08/12/2013

Oshkosh Defense delivered its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototype to the Army and Marine Corps last week, according to a company announcement.

Inside the Navy - 08/05/2013

The Marine Corps intends to release a request for proposals for exit upgrade kits for its Mine Resistant Ambush protected Cougar variant fleet.

Inside the Army - 07/22/2013

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is touting the development of a new device that will quickly increase the fuel efficiency of the some of the service's biggest gas guzzlers, though the product is unlikely to reach Afghanistan before American forces exit the country, according to Army officials.

Inside the Army - 07/15/2013

The Army last week offered new details on the future of its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fleet following congressional concern over the service's plans.

Inside the Navy - 07/15/2013

The Marine Corps intends to release a request for proposals for survivability upgrades for its Mine Resistant Ambush protected Cougar variant fleet.