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Northrop Protests New Humvee Contract

Northrop Grumman has filed a protest with Congress’s watchdog group after it was left on the sidelines of a competition to make a new generation of Humvees for the Army and Marine Corps.

The Army recently awarded contracts worth up to $166 million to BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and the team of General Dynamics and AM General to develop what’s called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

The contracts allow the three companies to take just over two years to develop seven prototype vehicles. Then, another competition will take place, and the follow-on contracts are likely to grow larger.

The Army, which has the lead on the program, said it expects to buy about 60,000 of the vehicles over eight years.

Northrop Grumman and its partner, Oshkosh Defense, missed the first cut. Now, they’re asking the Government Accountability Office to review the competition, saying that mistakes were made along the way – among them that cost savings offered by Northrop were disregarded.

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