Oshkosh receives $152 million JLTV order

By Ethan Sterenfeld / July 6, 2021 at 12:04 PM

Oshkosh Defense has received a $152 million order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle from the U.S. military and the militaries of four European countries, according to a June 30 Defense Department announcement.

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force purchased JLTVs, as well as trailers and kits for the vehicles, in this order, according to the announcement. Foreign sales in the contract came from Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia and Romania.

Oshkosh has produced the JLTV, the partial replacement for the humvee, since it won the original competition for the program in 2015. The Army will decide in September 2022 which company will win a follow-on contract for the program, which could be worth up to $12.3 billion.

Because production costs have been roughly 17% less than initially expected, the Army last year increased the number of JLTVs it would buy under Oshkosh's current contract, from 16,901 to 23,163 vehicles.

The service proposed cutting JLTV procurement spending in its fiscal year 2022 budget request, as part of a larger effort to focus spending on modernization priorities. JLTV procurement would receive $575 million under the budget proposal, down from the $884 million Congress included in the FY-21 appropriations bill.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), whose home state includes JLTV production facilities in Oshkosh, questioned the Army's use of the JLTV program as a "billpayer" for the modernization portfolio during a June 22 Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing.