The $14 billion U.S. Army/Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program was put on hold Friday afternoon when Navistar, one of the three bidders not issued an engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract on Aug. 22, filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office.
In an email, Navistar spokeswoman Elissa Koc wrote, “following our debrief with the government, the company has concerns regarding the selection process and we’ve requested a review.”
BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman also failed to win EMD contracts. BAE spokesperson Stephanie Bissell Serkhoshian said that while the company attended the source selection evaluation results debrief Aug. 30, the company is “currently considering how to proceed. At this time no decision has been made.” When reached for comment, a General Dynamics official said the company has made no final decision on the way forward. The Army has not returned a request for comment.
Navistar submitted its Saratoga light tactical vehicle to the program office in March, but was shut out of the EMD phase on Aug. 22, when three $60 million contracts were awarded to Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh and AM General to work on the 27-month EMD portion of the competition, in which they’ll have 14 months to deliver 22 prototype vehicles.