The Department of Defense has chosen three finalists in the competition to succeed the venerable Humvee in the U.S. Military's arsenal. AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh will now submit 22 examples each of their Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for a 27-month evaluation that will decide which company gets the $20 billion contract to produce tens of thousands of the $270,000 fighting machines.
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AM General built the Humvee and is proposing to replace it with the BRV-O, or Blast Resistant Vehicle - Off Road. It features a fuel-efficient six-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission, self-leveling suspension and "clustered super-computing power."
Lockheed calls it the Joint Warfighter, and it features a V-shaped hull, uses a Cummins diesel engine and armor provided by BAE Systems.
The entry from Oshkosh is a version of the Light Combat Tactical Vehicle concept that competed in the 2010 Baja 1000 off-road race. The company says it offers MRAP levels of protection against explosive devices and can be available in a diesel-electric hybrid version.
Competition enters final stage.