Lockheed Martin has withdrawn its protest against a multi-billion dollar military contract awarded to Oshkosh Defense.
The withdrawal clears the way for Oshkosh Defense to complete work on the $6.7 billion contract to build nearly 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
Last week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied Lockheed Martin’s request for a preliminary injunction that would halt production of the JLTV as the firm protested the military’s decision to award the contract to Oshkosh Defense. Lockheed claimed it offered “the most capable and affordable solution for the program.”
Oshkosh Corporation President and CEO Wilson R. Jones issued this statement Thursday morning:
“Throughout this protest process, we have remained confident that Oshkosh provided the most capable vehicle and best overall value in the JLTV competition.
“Because the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ JLTV testing and evaluation process was extremely thorough, our nation’s Soldiers and Marines can rest assured they will be receiving the most advanced light tactical vehicle ever built.”
The Oshkosh-built JLTVs will replace a large fleet of HMMWV vehicles used by the military.
The JLTV will provide better protection and off-road mobility for soldiers and marines, according to Oshkosh Defense.
The contract awarded to Oshkosh Defense calls for the company to deliver the vehicles over an eight-year period.