The Army has decided that Oshkosh will keep the $3 billion contract to build the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The company won the contract last summer in a surprise win, beating out competitors BAE Systems, which had previously built the trucks, and Navistar. Both losing companies promptly filed a protest, which was upheld by the Government Accountability Office, leading the Army to issue a stop work order on the contract.
Following GAO’s recommendations, the Army again reviewed the three competing bids and determined the contract to build up to 23,000 vehicles and trailers would remain with Oshkosh. The Army has lifted the stop work order, according to an Oshkosh press release issued today.
“We are very pleased the Army affirmed its original decision that Oshkosh Corporation’s FMTV bid clearly represents the best overall value for the Army, the taxpayers and the Warfighter,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and CEO in the press release. “We are delighted that the Army has yet again concluded that Oshkosh was the right choice. Our focus has always been on the Warfighter and making sure we deliver high-quality, high-performing vehicles on time.”
The FMTV series of trucks consist of some 23 variants and 17 different models and range from 2.5-ton to 5-ton payloads. Oshkosh also builds the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV).