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18 Feb 16. Oshkosh Corporation Clears Legal Challenge Related to the $6.7bn JLTV Production Contract. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (OSK) company, is clear of the legal challenge related to its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production contract award after a competitor withdrew its protest from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Last week, the Court of Federal Claims denied the competitor’s request for a preliminary injunction, which allowed Oshkosh to continue work under the $6.7bn JLTV contract. The JLTV program is cited among the Department of Defense’s top modernization priorities.
“Throughout this protest process, we have remained confident that Oshkosh provided the most capable vehicle and best overall value in the JLTV competition,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Because the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ JLTV testing and evaluation process was extremely thorough, our nation’s Soldiers and Marines can rest assured they will be receiving the most advanced light tactical vehicle ever built.”
The JLTV program is a top priority for the Department of Defense, filling a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a modern light vehicle that provides unprecedented protection and off-road mobility, as well as transportability via air, land and sea. The JLTV production contract calls for Oshkosh to deliver a total of nearly 17,000 vehicles, as well as kits and sustainment services over an eight-year period. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
17 Feb 16. Lockheed says withdraws protest of Oshkosh U.S. truck contract. Lockheed Martin Corp on Wednesday said it had withdrawn its protest in federal court of a $6.75bn contract awarded by the U.S. Army to Oshkosh Corp for 17,000 new armored vehicles to replace the Humvee. No further details were immediately available. (Source: Reuters)
17 Feb 16. Ukraine Switches to German Engines, Discards Russian Military Gear Amid Crimea Row. Ukraine’s leading defense group Ukroboronprom has signed a deal with German producer Deutz AG to acquire engines for the armored personnel carriers (APC) used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The new engines will replace Russian gear, which are to be discarded.
With the latest contract, Ukroboronprom is aiming to cut spending on new engines and ensure that the equipment used by Ukraine’s military complies with NATO standards, said Artur Heruvimov, the company’s deputy chief executive, as quoted in a statement.
The engines will be supplied to the Armed Forces’ BTR-4 vehicles. The procurement will allow Ukroboronprom to save about US $25m and use these funds to develop and produce new weapons and equipment, the statement said.
Ukraine has intensified efforts to replace Russian-made military gear with weapons and equipment supplied by NATO member states following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
The BTR-4 is an eight-wheel-drive vehicle enabled with a maximum speed of 68 mph, according to data from Ukroboronprom.
Based in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Ukroboronprom is a state-owned group that consists of some 137 companies specializing in manufacturing and export sales of aircraft, missiles, armored vehicles, ships, munitions, radio communication, and other types of arms and military equipment. The group was established in 2010 with the aim to consolidate the country’s fragmented defense industry. (Source: Defense News)
15 Feb 16. Battle for Australia’s Army Vehicles Shows Upswing in Defense Deals. Only a few years ago the global market for armored vehicles capable of withstanding roadside bombs and rockets was forecast to wind down, along with the intensity of long-running and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But as newer conf