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U.S. NAVY ALTERS LARGE UNMANNED SURFACE VESSEL PLANS
Thursday, April 2, 2020
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy has modified its Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) acquisition plans. Last year, the service said it would begin buying two LUSVs per year starting in FY21. Those plans have been pushed back, and a detail design and construction contract was delayed from FY21 to FY22. Rather than award the DD&C contract in FY21, the Navy’s FY21 budget request includes $238.6 million for another two LUSVs based on Ghost Fleet Overlord vessels, which are commercial fast supply vessels modified into USVs. Two Ghost Fleet ships were also procured in FY20. The Ghost Fleet vessels are used to further study LUSV concepts and technologies, as the Navy is still working out exactly how to incorporate unmanned vessels into its fleet.

The subsequent DD&C contract will result in the delivery of an LUSV prototype as a bridge to building production vessels. Due to an FY20 congressional mandate, the prototype LUSV will not be outfitted with a vertical launch system. The Navy hopes to transition to a program of record in FY23, with plans to buy two production LUSVs in each of FY23 and FY24, and three in FY25. Those seven vessels will be outfitted with integrated combat systems and vertical launch systems, according to FY21 budget documents. The production vessels will be funded through the Navy’s shipbuilding account. Delivery of production vessels is expected to begin in FY26.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
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Author: S. McDougall, Defense Analyst 

 
U.S. ARMY AWARDS OSHKOSH DEFENSE THREE FHTV CONTRACTS WORTH OVER $320.7 MILLION
Friday, March 27, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Army Contracting Command (Detroit Arsenal MI) awarded Oshkosh Defense LLC (Oshkosh WI) three contracts - worth a total of over $320.7 million - related to the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles program.

The first award was a $173,788,535 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0035). for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system trucks, and self-recovery winches on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2022.

The second award was a $100,886,870 fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0149) for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system (PLS) trucks and PLS trailers on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2022.

The third award was a $46,093,000 fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0150) for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system trucks (PLS), and PLS trailers on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of October 30, 2022.

Under the auspices of the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles program, U.S. Army procurement of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and Palletized Load System vehicle components will continue through FY24.

Rebuild and upgrade of the existing HEMTT fleet is reaching its end within the overall FHTV program. According to U.S. Army budget request documentation, PLS-ESP is funded only through FY21, and HEMTT-ESP is currently funded only through FY20.

Since its combat debut during Operation Desert Storm (1991), the HEMTT heavy logistics vehicle has proven itself to be a vital element of the U.S. Army's logistical tail. Furthermore, the vehicle's compatibility with C-130 and C-17 tactical transport aircraft helps ensure that the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles will remain the primary platform for the U.S. Army's and U.S. Marine Corps' heavy tactical logistical vehicle fleet for the foreseeable future.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
U.S. ARMY AWARDS OSHKOSH DEFENSE THREE FHTV CONTRACTS WORTH OVER $320.7 MILLION
Friday, March 27, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Army Contracting Command (Detroit Arsenal MI) awarded Oshkosh Defense LLC (Oshkosh WI) three contracts - worth a total of over $320.7 million - related to the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles program.

The first award was a $173,788,535 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0035). for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system trucks, and self-recovery winches on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2022.

The second award was a $100,886,870 fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0149) for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system (PLS) trucks and PLS trailers on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2022.

The third award was a $46,093,000 fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-20-F-0150) for heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, palletized load system trucks (PLS), and PLS trailers on the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of October 30, 2022.

Under the auspices of the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles program, U.S. Army procurement of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and Palletized Load System vehicle components will continue through FY24.

Rebuild and upgrade of the existing HEMTT fleet is reaching its end within the overall FHTV program. According to U.S. Army budget request documentation, PLS-ESP is funded only through FY21, and HEMTT-ESP is currently funded only through FY20.

Since its combat debut during Operation Desert Storm (1991), the HEMTT heavy logistics vehicle has proven itself to be a vital element of the U.S. Army's logistical tail. Furthermore, the vehicle's compatibility with C-130 and C-17 tactical transport aircraft helps ensure that the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles will remain the primary platform for the U.S. Army's and U.S. Marine Corps' heavy tactical logistical vehicle fleet for the foreseeable future.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 

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