In a surprising turn of events, Navistar has withdrawn the protest it filed with the Government Accountability Office on Aug. 31 over the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.
Company spokeswoman Elissa Koc said Sept. 4 in an email that “Navistar did file a protest with the GAO Friday. Following our debrief with the government, the company had concerns regarding the selection process and we had limited time to submit our filing. Today, Navistar decided to withdraw its protest.”
When the company filed the protest, it appeared that the $14 billion U.S. Army / Marine Corps program had been put on hold. But now it looks like the 27-month engineering, manufacturing, and development portion of the program is back on track, with teams being led by Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh, and AM General free to continue work on their designs. The bidders will have 14 months to deliver 22 prototype vehicles to the government for evaluation.