Lockheed Martin’s Grand Prairie-based Missiles and Fire Control unit has submitted its proposal to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to replace the Humvee for the U.S. Army.
Lockheed’s team, which includes BAE Systems, is competing with AM General and Oshkosh. The military expects to buy as many as 55,000 of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for what could be a $30 billion contract.
Here’s what Lockheed said in its release today:
“We believe our proposal proves that we will deliver an exceptional vehicle to the U.S. Government at the right price,” said Scott Greene, vice president – Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Our JLTVs have almost half-a-million combined testing miles to date, excluding trailer miles, and our performance in the testing phases of the program has been outstanding. We are eager to provide our Soldiers and Marines with the best possible vehicle.”
The Lockheed Martin Team believes its proposal delivers the best performing, best value option for the JLTV program. By balancing the “iron triangle” of protection, performance and payload, the Team has created a vehicle that delivers greater reliability, outstanding fuel efficiency, unmatched power generation capability, and lower overall operations and sustainment costs. It offers MRAP-levels of crew protection and restores cross-country maneuverability to keep Soldiers and Marines safe from the asymmetric threats they face while carrying out their missions.
The vehicles were developed in Grand Prairie but manufacturing would occur in other states. About 2,700 employees work for Lockheed in Grand Prairie.