ARNG humvee modernization gets $100M in spending bill

By Ashley Tressel / September 18, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Despite the Army requesting no funding to modernize humvees for the National Guard in fiscal year 2019, House and Senate appropriators have decided to give the program $100 million.

The upgrade integrates the humvee cab onto a new chassis, provided by AM General.

The service plans to replace about half of its total humvee fleet in the active component -- except for the ambulance variant -- with about 49,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles made by Oshkosh Defense, which suffered only a minor cut in the spending bill.

Conferees included a $40 million decrease in JLTV procurement, citing unit cost and engineering change proposal cost growth and test support excess.

The Senate Armed Services Committee proposed a bigger cut, $250 million, in its mark of the FY-19 policy bill, but the final National Defense Authorization Act included only a $32 million decrease.

The spending bill also denied the Army $2.7 million in research, development, test and evaluation funding under JLTV engineering and manufacturing due to a lack of need.

The Army this month awarded AM General a potential $800 million hybrid contract to procure 2,800 ambulance variants of active-Army humvees, with the first delivery scheduled for the second quarter of FY-19.