[Rushtalk] Department of Defense buying The Best Product!!, Some politician messed up big time

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Thu Apr 7 08:36:46 MDT 2016


Department of Defense buying The Best Product!!, Some politician messed
up big time 

Why Oshkosh Won the Army’s JLTV Contract in One Chart

Posted By: Brendan McGarry February 18, 2016 

As first reported by Sydney Freedberg over at Breaking Defense, quoting
defense analyst James Hasik, the Pentagon’s latest test report contains
some pretty surprising reliability data on the Humvee-replacement
prototypes developed by industry competitors.

Indeed, the figures may very well have been the deciding factor in why
the Army selected truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and not defense contracting
giant Lockheed Martin Corp. or Humvee-maker AM General LLC for the $6.7
billion contract last fall to build the first 17,000 production models
of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to replace a portion of the Army and
Marine Corps Humvee fleet.

The report recently released by the office of the Pentagon’s top weapons
tester, J. Michael Gilmore, concluded that Oshkosh’s vehicle was not
only more reliable than the existing up-armored Humvee (UAH), but was
also far more reliable than its competitors, as measured by the average
number of miles between failures:

        Oshkosh JLTVs had improved mission reliability over the UAH and
        demonstrated 7,051 Mean Miles Between Operational Mission
        Failure (MMBOMF) versus its operational requirement of 2,400
        MMBOMF.  The UAH demonstrated 2,968 MMBOMF. -AM General JLTVs
        had less mission reliability versus the UAH and demonstrated 526
        MMBOMF. -Lockheed Martin JLTVs had less mission reliability
        versus the UAH and demonstrated 1,271 MMBOMF.

Put into chart form, this is what those differences look like:


As you can see, these are significant differences — Oshkosh’s JLTV
prototype had a reliability level almost three times higher than the
requirement for the Army and Marine Corps. In addition, it was more than
five times more reliable than Lockheed’s and a whopping 13 times more
reliable than AM General’s. And not only that, Oshkosh’s prototype was
more than twice as reliable as the existing Humvee.

Perhaps the public release of this information also played a role in
Lockheed’s decision on Wednesday to withdraw its protest of the Army’s
awarding the contract to Oshkosh.

The production work could eventually be worth some $30 billion, as the
Army and Marine Corps plan to buy a total of nearly 55,000 of the combat
vehicles, including 49,100 for the Army and 5,500 for the Corps, to
replace about a third of the Humvee fleets.


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