TRUCKS TAKE A HIT – RESET TAKES CENTRE STAGE
By Julian Nettlefold
23 Feb 12. Mr. Kevin Fahey, Program Executive Officer, PEO Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS) and Colonel Dave Bassett, PM, Tactical Vehicles, gave an update with regard to the US Army’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle fleet during AUSA.
“Over the past three years we have modernised the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle feet and now we have the most modern fleet we have had in our history. However, we have a capability gap in the Light Fleet which we aim to fill with the JLTV vehicle now that the HMMV Recap has been terminated. The whole fleet is in a state of transition and to that end we are working hand in hand with industry in a wholly transparent manner to deliver the best fleet but in smaller numbers.” Kevin Fahey said.
“We had a total fleet of 485,000 pre-9/11, now this is 570,000 and we aim to have a base fleet of 490,000 in the future, for trucks we aim to reduce this form 62,000 to 232,000.Having said this we need to keep the industrial base, thus industry needs to shift from production to sustainment, some sustainment funds will be shifted to the MRAP fleet to reset vehicles in Iraq. We are starting a 2 year Rest Programme of all vehicles coming out of theatre. For those surplus vehicles we are looking at FMS to sell these vehicles to overseas armies. We are also reducing the FMTV Requirement from 83,000 to 70,000.” Col. Bassett said.
JLTV Vs HMMV
On January 31st a Request for Proposal was issued by the U.S. Army for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, family will balance critical weight and transportability constraints within performance, protection, and payload requirements — all while ensuring an affordable solution for the Army and U.S. Marine Corps.
“Both the Army and the U.S. Marine Corps have identified critical capability gaps in their respective light tactical vehicle fleets. JLTV is the most cost-effective program to meet capability gaps for the light tactical vehicles with the most demanding missions,” said Kevin Fahey. “JLTV is a major Army-Marine Corps acquisition program for a new generation wheeled vehicle that will replace a portion of the services’ Humvee fleet. The program’s aim is to develop a new multi-mission light vehicle family with superior crew protection and performance compared to the Humvees.”
“The Technology Development phase for this program did exactly what it was intended to do — provide the basis for the cost-informed trades that resulted in a common Army and Marine Corps requirement. It serves as a model for how the services looking forward should operate in a cost-constrained budget environment,” said William E. Taylor, Program Executive Officer Land Systems Marine Corps.
In the spring of 2011, JLTV successfully completed a 27-month Technology Development, or TD, phase — satisfying its intended purpose of demonstrating the integration of mature technologies as a complete system and providing the Army and the Marine Corps with an assessment of the technical, performance cost and schedule risks relevant to entering the Engineering and Manufacturing Development, or EMD, Phase.
“The TD phase gave the Army and USMC exactly the kind of information we needed concur on a common base requirement, a streamlined acquisition schedule and a competitive process to ensure JLTV remains affordable,” Col. Bassett said.
Following submission of proposals, the Government will convene a source selection evaluation board, comprised of subject matter experts from across the Department of Defense, to review the industry proposals. The Army intends to award up to three contracts during the summer for the EMD phase for the delivery of 22 prototype vehicles per contract. Additional deliverables include ballistic structures, armor coupons, additional test assets, contractor f