The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle won’t reach initial operational capability on time, officials from both the US Army and Marine Corps are saying.
The delays are due mainly to the disruption in executing the program when Lockheed Martin filed a protest of the Army’s decision to award Oshkosh Defense a contract to build the Humvee replacement. Oshkosh beat out Humvee-maker AM General and Lockheed for the $6.7 billion low-rate initial production contract award to build 16,901 vehicles.
The JLTV program was finally able to move ahead in December after work stopped on the program for 98 days during the protest period. Lockheed then filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims because it claimed newly supplied Army information that emerged toward the end of the GAO’s protest process was enough to move the protest to court. Oshkosh did not have to stop work while the lawsuit played out in court. Lockheed dropped its lawsuit in February.
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