Lockheed goes to court to fight decision on Army vehicle contract

Lockheed Martin developed its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the Army in Grand Prairie.
Lockheed Martin developed its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the Army in Grand Prairie. Star-Telegram

Lockheed Martin is going to court to fight a government decision awarding a $6.75 billion deal to replace the U.S. Army’s Humvee combat vehicle to a much smaller competitor.

The Army plans to buy about 55,000 multipurpose vehicles for its troops and the Marine Corps through 2040, spending an estimated $30 billion. Oshkosh Corp. in August was awarded the initial order for about 17,000 vehicles, which are more heavily armored than the Humvees they’ll replace.

“After careful consideration of all options, Lockheed Martin decided to file a complaint with the Court of Federal Claims concerning our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract award process,” the company said in a statement. “We look forward to working with all parties involved on the next steps.”

Lockheed JLTV was developed in Grand Prairie by the company’s Missiles and Fire Control division and would have been built at a plant in Arkansas.

Its complaint was filed under seal Wednesday, according to court records. Lockheed said in an accompanying filing that some proprietary information was inappropriate for public release. The court will ultimately decide how much of the complaint, and legal proceedings in the case, should remain confidential.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday before Judge Charles Lettow.

The government’s answer is due by Feb. 16. Michael Clow, an Army spokesman, declined to comment on the complaint.

Oshkosh Vice President John Urias said in a statement that he had confidence in the Army’s procurement process, which he said included “exhaustive testing and evaluation to ensure our troops get the best vehicle.”

Lockheed opted to abandon the GAO proceedings after learning that “a substantial number of documents directly related to the competition” weren’t provided to it or to the agency until late in that process, it said in a Dec. 15 statement.