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Posted: 6/4/2008 3:55:05 AM EST
DoD to spend $1.65 billion on new cargo trucks

Staff Report
Posted : Wednesday Jun 4, 2008 5:40:48 EDT

The Pentagon will spend $1.65 billion over the next two years on 10,000 new cargo trucks for the Army.

The June 3 contract with BAE Systems includes an option to increase the worth of the deal up to $2.2 billion for a total of 20,000, according to a BAE Systems release.

BAE will supply the Army with a new line of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles with the Long Term Armor Strategy. The LTAS version features a removable armor package that can be put on or taken off based on the threat, according to the release.

Today’s FMTVs operating in Iraq and Afghanistan have their armor plating permanently attached.

Production of the LTAS cargo vehicles will be performed at BAE Systems’ facility in Sealy, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Deliveries of the initial $1.65 billion contract are expected to be complete by February 2010, the release states.

If the Army decides to increase the contract to $2.2 billion, those additional 10,000 trucks would be delivered by November 2010, the release states.

The Army currently has about 48,000 FMTV trucks and trailers in service.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 3:58:52 AM EST
If that thing was behind me on the road, I would get out of its way.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:03:28 AM EST
Are these the ones that are hybrids?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:03:39 AM EST

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:05:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 4:07:35 AM EST by FDC]
That's a 5 ton version pictured.

Why not keep the current LMTV(2.5ton) and replace the FMTV with armored MTVRs(7 ton)?

God forbid we have common equipment throughout the services. I know I'm missing something(portability by air or something???).
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:06:11 AM EST
What what the Gpm is.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:08:27 AM EST
Not a hybrid, more of a upgrade involving replacing the cab and some other stuff.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:16:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 4:18:48 AM EST by Aerospace_Engineer]


Nothing beats an Oshkosh Truck!

...and it doesn't look like some ghey European abomination of a vehicle...!
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