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The U.S. Army has finalized its request for proposal for a new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which has openly had three suitors for several months: Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin and AM General.

According to DefenseNews.com:

After a Milestone C decision and award of a firm-fixed-price contract to a single vendor near the end of fiscal 2015, the award period will cover three years of low rate initial production and five years of full rate production, for a total of 17,000 vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.

A production award is expected in late fiscal 2015 for approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army and another 5,500 for the Marine Corps. The first Army unit is expected to be equipped in fiscal 2018; The Marines anticipate an initial operating capability in fiscal 2018 with its fielding complete in fiscal 2022.

“Today’s release is an important step as this successful, on-budget program moves forward on schedule, and it is the result of tremendous work and diligence across our team,” Army Col. John Cavedo, the JLTV project manager, said in a statement. “The JLTV program remains on track to deliver an affordable, protected mobility solution that fills today’s critical capability gap with substantial advances in the balance of payload, performance, and protection.”

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