U.S. Army picks three teams to continue JLTV development

The U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps have awarded three contracts worth $166 million to continue development of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

The U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 29 announced the selection of three companies to continue development on the composites-intensive Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Together, the three contracts are worth a combined total of approximately $166 million. They have been awarded to: BAE Systems Land & Armament Systems – Ground Systems Division (Santa Clara, Calif.); General Tactical Vehicles, a joint venture of General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. and AM General LLC, (Sterling Heights, Mich.); and Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (Owego, N.Y.).

The JLTV is a joint program between the Army, the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOC), where the Army has been designated as the lead agency. The JTLV family of vehicles will provide the Joint Services with a balance between three key factors: performance, payload and protection, said Col. John Myers, project manager for the Army's Joint Combat Support Services

The technology development contract will be 27 months in duration. The first 15 months require competitors to develop and deliver seven JLTV variants, four trailers, four blast hulls, and ballistic panels that will be used for testing. The remaining 12 months are scheduled for government testing. The Technology Development phase will then be followed by a Systems Design and Development phase and, later, by a production contract.

While the winners of the contracts will ultimately produce refined prototypes of the JLTV and its companion trailers at the end of the TD phase, Myers said the Army's current intention is to hold another full and open competition for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase which will allow all interested parties to compete.

Right now, the Army, Marine Corps and SOC are refining their respective tactical vehicle strategies, therefore a final planned quantity has not yet been determined, Petermann said. However, for production cost-estimating and other analyses, the request for proposals included a projected production quantity of approximately 60,000 systems to be delivered over an eight-year span.