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Tactical Wheeled Vehicles

April 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's plans for armored vehicle modernization could be at odds with the Defense Department's overall operational energy strategy, with both efforts likely to be hampered by the government's lumbering acquisition system, according to a recent report from bipartisan researchers.

March 30, 2012 | Inside the Army

A field of six industry competitors has officially begun to compete for one of the last major vehicle modernization contracts left in the wake of the Army's approaching era of declining resources: The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

March 28, 2012 | Daily News

AM General, the armored vehicle contractor poised to suffer most should it lose the contract for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, announced today it had submitted a second, independent bid for the program.

The company has also offered a design with partner General Dynamics Land Systems. AM General is the current contractor for the humvee, which is slated to be replaced by the JLTV.

March 26, 2012 | Daily News

BAE Systems shook the defense industry today when, on the eve of the deadline to enter the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contest, the company announced its team would begin a relationship with Ford Motor. Co. with an eye toward the future.

"We're excited," Glenn Lamartin, BAE Systems' lead on the JLTV program, said in an interview with InsideDefense.com. "We have a vehicle that's ready now."

March 26, 2012 | Daily News

Navistar Defense will be flying solo in its bid for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, separating from its former partner on the project, BAE Systems, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Officials from both companies confirmed the split earlier today. Navistar will seek one of three possible JLTV engineering and development contracts with its new Saratoga vehicle and BAE will continue on with partners Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defense.

March 23, 2012 | Inside the Army

As defense
contractors were preparing to put the finishing touches on their bids for the
next phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle last week, Army Chief of Staff
Gen. Raymond Odierno was assuring a panel of senators that the service was
still trying to determine the right "force mix" for its vehicle fleets.

March 23, 2012 | Inside the Army

Humvee
contractor AM General was recently awarded a $25 million foreign military sales
contract to provide vehicles to Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Serbia, according to
a March 16 notice from the Defense Department and an Army spokesman.

March 16, 2012 | Inside the Army

Navistar Defense recently received a $20 million contract to begin installation work to retrofit its older Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with a new rolling chassis, according to a company announcement.

March 09, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army last
week put companies on notice that they will have two extra weeks, until March
27, to throw their hats into the ring for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
program.

March 05, 2012 | Daily News

A second lawmaker has asked Army leaders to account for the service's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle request for proposals, which the Ford Motor Co. and its partners cite as reasons for walking away from the humvee-replacement effort.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, last week submitted questions about the adequacy of the JLTV competition to the Army secretary and chief of staff following their Feb. 17 appearance before the panel.

March 02, 2012 | Inside the Navy
As operations in Afghanistan wind down, the Marine Corps must plan what to do with the armor kits used on its medium and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles, according to an official.
March 02, 2012 | Inside the Army

While the
shadow of uncertainty has been cast on a promising vehicle survivability
technology known as the "structural blast chimney" due to the cancellation of
the Army's competitive humvee recapitalization program, it may be revived for
the upcoming Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition, Inside the Army has
learned from sources and officials.

March 02, 2012 | Inside the Army

While the
Army has plans to reset hundreds of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks in
fiscal year 2012, service officials remain concerned about the vehicles'
long-term sustainment costs and how they will be paid for, according government
officials.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

FT.
LAUDERDALE, FL -- Col. David Bassett, the Army's project manager for tactical
vehicles, said last week that the service's request for proposals for the Joint
Light Tactical Vehicle is still scheduled to come to a close March 13, despite
protests from Ford Motor Co. backers pushing to extend the program to give the
company more time to compete.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

FT.
LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Army's plan to reduce its tactical wheeled vehicle fleet
will emerge some time this spring, according to service officials supervising
the effort.

February 17, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps will enter full and open competition in fiscal year 2013 or FY-14 for humvee sustainment modifications and seeks an "aggressive industrial base" to maintain the platform, according to a Marine Corps official.
February 17, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps has a plan B if the Marine Personnel Carrier is cut from its vehicle portfolio: replace them with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, according to a top Marine Corps official.
February 17, 2012 | Inside the Army

A California
congressman is upset that the schedule for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
program won't be changed to accommodate a bid by Ford Motor Co., a subject he
broached with Army leaders on Friday during a hearing of the House Armed
Services Committee.

February 17, 2012 | Inside the Army

Oshkosh
Defense is poised to be hit especially hard by the Army's new budget request
because of pronounced decreases in tactical wheeled vehicle spending,
especially in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program, which is slated
to set to see its final purchase order in fiscal year 2014.

February 16, 2012 | Daily News

A California congressman is upset that the schedule for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program won't be changed to accommodate a bid by Ford Motor Co., a subject he may broach with Army leaders on Friday.

"Ford wants to get into this game; they just said they need more time," Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) told InsideDefense.com. "This is not another defense company living off of government contracts; this is a commercial truck and car company."

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