Just to add a little more flavor to an already hectic Pentagon budget day, the Army decided to release its request for proposals (RFP) for the next phase of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program which looks to have won the budget battle against the Modernized Expanded Capacity Vehicle, (Humvee Recap) effort.
Now that the 33-month—sped up from 48 months—Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase has kicked off, the Army says that it will award up to three contracts this summer for the delivery of 22 prototype vehicles per contract. The Army is setting an Average Unit Manufacturing Cost target at $250,000, excluding B-kit Armor and other add-on kits, which falls in line with October’s Draft RFP which called for a cost target of somewhere between $230,000 to $270,000 per vehicle. The cost target for the B-kit armor packages remains at $65k.
The October draft capped the EMD phase at $52 million per bidder, while today’s solicitation raised that number slightly, explaining that any proposal in excess of $65 million “will be considered unaffordable.” Teams fighting it out for the contract are: BAE Systems and Navistar; General Tactical Vehicles, a joint venture between General Dynamics and AM General; and Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. Oshkosh and Navistar have both designed and built new prototypes of vehicles they want to submit for the JLTV competition, and commercial automaker Ford has also expressed interest in jumping into the fray.
Current estimates call for 50,000 vehicles for the Army and 5,500 for the USMC, though a program spokesperson emails that “planning figures are subject to change as the Services respective tactical wheeled vehicles strategies evolve, and based on available funding and service requirements.”
Now we’ll just have to wait to see what kind of money the Pentagon wants to lay out.
Pic: General Tactical Vehicles