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  • Family (of Medium Tactical Vehicles) Matters
    Posted by Bettina Chavanne 8:02 PM on Dec 14, 2009

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today sustained a protest by BAE Systems (actually, they sustained all three protests - including 2 supplementals) over the U.S. Army's decision to award a $3 billion re-buy contract for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) to Oshkosh.

    The GAO agreed with what BAE has been saying all along - that at its core, the Army process just wasn't fair. And yet, GAO also denied numerous challenges (by competitors BAE and Navistar) to the award to Oshkosh, including the price evaluation piece.

    BAE and Navistar both issued statements celebrating the decision. The Army has 60 days to decide what it's going to do in light of the ruling. Oshkosh, on the other hand, pointed out that GAO "did not recommend proposal revisions, nor did it recommend termination of our contract."

    Oshkosh also said it will "continue to lean forward on the FMTV program" (is 'leaning' different than actually 'moving'? - I thought the choice of words was interesting), including preparing to build a new, 150,000 square foot paint facility to support FMTV production.

    Tags: ar99, BAE, FMTV, Oshkosh, Navistar

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