Ford Motor Co refused to take part in a new Pentagon competition that has as purpose the replacement of the U.S. military’s fleet of High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, also called Humvee.
Although the company took into consideration a possible collaboration with defense contractor Raytheon Co and Future Force, a private maker of lightweight armor, the three parts couldn’t reach an agreement upon the schedule proposed by the Army for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.
“Ford, Raytheon and Future Force … have reviewed the request for Proposal for the JLTV program and decided to pass because we are unable to meet the program’s timing requirements,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
The Army is willing to award up to three contracts the summer of 2012, for 22 new prototypes on the truck which is to be used by both the Army and the Marine Corps. The vehicles should cost around $250,000 each, a price that is under the previously estimated one of $300,000.
Navistar International Corp and Oshkosh Corp, two important truck makers, are also interested in the contest, as well as General Dynamics Corp, Britain’s BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Corp.