Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
News on MRAP, JLTV and other vehicles
DefenseAlert - 12/19/2014

The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq for $2.4 billion, along with 1,000 humvees for $579 million, according to recent announcements from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Inside the Army - 12/22/2014

The Army has ordered 256 Oshkosh trucks of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles at a cost of $67 million, the company announced on Dec. 18.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

House lawmakers last week approved a spending a bill giving generous plus-ups to Army vehicle manufacturers, including $160 million for humvee modifications in the Army National Guard.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

The Army has released yet another draft industry solicitation for the major Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, surprising some who had expected a final version.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army has published a handy guide summarizing the draft criteria by which contractors will be evaluated in the race to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

DefenseAlert - 11/25/2014

When defense contractors compile their bids for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, the ensuing haggling over intellectual property costs could be the first major test of a key Pentagon policy.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army has begun a market survey for freight services supporting U.S. special operations forces in Western Africa, who for years have been running operations in the region under the catchall "counterterrorism" moniker.

DefenseAlert - 11/11/2014

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is looking to industry for vehicles capable of being transported in military aircraft.

DefenseAlert - 11/11/2014

The Marine Corps recently awarded Oshkosh Defense a $6.2 million contract to refurbish its Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement fleet.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army is negotiating a sole-source contract with AM General that would send 50 up-armored humvees to the Iraqi military, which is trying to regain ground against the Islamic State terrorist militia.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

As the Army crunches its report for Congress on the plans for its tactical wheeled vehicle fleets, officials are still debating whether they should upgrade humvees or buy additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles instead.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

The Army recently wrapped up its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle limited-user testing where soldiers performed three different mission cycles, and the Marine Corps will begin its experimentation soon, according to an Army official.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

Northrop Grumman pitched its humvee modernization solution last week during an annual Army conference contending it will cost the government about $145,000 per vehicle, according to a company executive.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

A Northrop Grumman executive revealed last week that the company has designed and tested a new humvee chassis, anticipating a future Army requirement for a more resilient version of the vehicle despite a lack of service funds for such an effort.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to see if industry can upgrade, modify and maintain the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fleet at a facility in Kuwait, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems recently showcased its unmanned ground vehicle at an annual Marine Corps conference as a solution to reduce the logistics burden on the force.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

All three manufacturers competing to win the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract recently completed production readiness reviews and the government intends to release a low-rate initial production request for proposals before Thanksgiving.

DefenseAlert - 09/22/2014

Oshkosh Defense recently wrapped up a production readiness review for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program that resulted in a green light for the company to prepare for the vehicle's production phase, according to company executives.

DefenseAlert - 09/16/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16 that vehicles would be included in the equipment package slated to be given to Syrian rebels the Pentagon plans to train to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as well as the regime of Bashar al Assad.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

An Oshkosh Corp. executive told financial analysts that losing the bid to build the Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle could lead the company to rethink its defense-sector commitments.

DefenseAlert - 09/09/2014

Classified warnings about an Afghan trucking company used previously by several Western organizations led to the vendor's disqualification from a new U.S. logistics contract potentially worth billions of dollars, documents show.

DefenseAlert - 09/05/2014

The Army and Marine Corps have approved Lockheed Martin's proposed production strategy for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, according to a company announcement.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

Congressional defense committees have approved Army requests to transfer more than $400 million into underfunded tactical vehicle accounts in fiscal year 2014, according to budget documents obtained by Inside the Army.

Inside the Army - 08/18/2014

The Army is seeking an industry vendor to provide nine hardware kits needed to upgrade MaxxPro Dash and Long Wheeled Base Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, according to a recent government notice.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army is pulsing industry for ideas that could possibly feed into a new Lightweight Reconnaissance Vehicle program aimed at supporting the service's planned rapid global response posture.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The Marine Corps notified Congress July 25 that it is canceling the humvee sustainment modification initiative, stating the service would focus its limited resources on modernization versus sustainment of legacy systems.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

The Army's top uniformed acquisition official expressed his support for the vehicle industrial base at a recent breakfast, saying the lack of a sustained investment in American manufacturing leaves the United States and its soldiers at risk.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

The Marine Corps is canceling its humvee upgrade program and will instead invest the money into the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, according to congressional and service sources.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

Concerned that the Army's plan to cease buying trucks from the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles in fiscal year 2015, only to resume procurement two years later, is shortsighted, Senate appropriators want the service to launch an investigation into how it budgets its priorities.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Army this month expects to host a series of one-on-one meetings with defense industry contractors to discuss the recently released draft request for proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle's full-rate production phase, according to a government notice.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Army is looking for companies interested in participating in an initiative that seeks to better integrate communications equipment onto vehicles, according to a recently released government notice.

DefenseAlert - 06/30/2014

The Office of the Secretary of Defense in a new assessment finds the effort to develop a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle -- a program with the second-largest claim on future Army modernization funding – "appears on track to meet its objectives," according to a Pentagon official.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

The Defense Department's $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations request sent to Congress last week asks for $1.3 billion in additional spending on Army systems, with $545 million slated for tactical vehicles, according to budget documents released last week.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $6.1 billion for new weapons as part of a $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations spending package, hoping to replenish ammunition expended during operations in Afghanistan, replace aircraft and vehicles lost in combat and lift the administration's total FY-15 weapons modernization request from $154 billion to $160 billion.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

The Marine Corps will not decrease its medium heavy tactical vehicle inventory as the service shrinks its force and the war ends in Afghanistan, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

House appropriators have again injected $100 million in unrequested funds into the Army's budget to pay for National Guard humvee upgrades.

Inside the Army - 06/02/2014

Oshkosh Defense unveiled a new, lighter version of its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle at an industry conference in Canada last week, according to a company announcement.

Inside the Navy - 05/26/2014

The Marine Corps recently awarded a $52 million contract modification to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for the Light Armored Vehicle mobility and obsolescence upgrade integration program, according to a company spokesman.

Inside the Army - 05/26/2014

The State Department notified Congress last week that AM General is poised to close a $556 million foreign military sale with Mexico for 3,335 humvees, according to a May 16 notice from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee sought to protect most of the Army's acquisition programs in the $514 billion defense authorization legislation it passed this week, though it defied the service's wishes and moved to recommend the establishment of an independent commission to study the Army's controversial aviation restructure and force reduction strategy.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

The State Department has approved a potential $100 million foreign military sale of 200 up-armored humvees to Iraq to protect its oil infrastructure from terrorist attacks, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

Oshkosh Defense announced last week that it had integrated its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle technology onto its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle to demonstrate its potential in route-clearance missions.

Inside the Army - 05/12/2014

Industry executives are worried that the U.S. military may begin flooding the international market with free excess armored vehicles from the drawdown in Afghanistan, hurting companies' foreign military sales opportunities abroad.

Inside the Army - 05/12/2014

Heidi Shyu, the Army's acquisition chief, last week praised the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle as a "model" program that would serve to instruct the service in future procurements.

Inside the Army - 05/12/2014

The Army has awarded Northrop Grumman a $27 million contract to produce more than 600 network A-kits for use on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles, according to a recent Defense Department notice.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

A proposed House Armed Services Committee bill would shift $6.8 billion among weapon system investment accounts in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget request and boost modernization spending by a total of $1.5 billion.

DefenseAlert - 05/06/2014

The Defense Department is weighing the creation of a new ground vehicle technology consortium aimed at increasing cohesion between industry and the military in a variety of research and development projects, according to a Pentagon official.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services Committee outlined its budgetary handiwork this week in the panel's full mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, laying out acquisition program reductions and increases.

Inside the Army - 05/05/2014

A House defense subcommittee wants the Army to assess the feasibility of using Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles as mobile command posts.