When I was in the service in the mid 80's to 1991 we had a lot of CUCV "Commercially utilized combat vehicles" Basically the Chevy Blazer "M 1009" the 1500 "M1008" and the 2500 "M1028" I had wondered why there were no Ford products because the F150 is a very good truck and the Bronco is also good. I was told by some of the motorheads and ordinance types that when the requirement for the vehicles were released, the only vehicles that happen to fit the profile were GM products. The person at the pentagon that wrote the requirements owned a lot of GM stock. So basically the fix was in. I believe that Ford Motor company realized that they would expend a lot of capital on a vehicle that will not be purchased in huge numbers and the huge possibility that they would get screwed over again since the government tends to pick favorites and that GM has been getting a lot of government contracts partly due to the fact that the government owns a large chunk of it. I believe that Ford is gambling on the civilian market doing much better than relying on government contracts.
Ford pulls out of JLTV competition
Pentagon leaders asked Ford officials to consider the possibility of joining the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition. Raytheon Co. and Future Force agreed to work with Ford to submit a bid. Once the three companies saw the deadlines set by the new Request for Proposals issued by the Army last month, all three companies decided to sit this one out.
“Ford, Raytheon and Future Force … have reviewed the Request for Proposal for the JLTV program and decided to pass because we are unable to meet the program’s timing requirements,: said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
A defense insider speculated that Raytheon, the most experienced in defense contracts of the three, informed Ford the competition was too far ahead and the investment required to catch up would not be worth it.
Ford’s interest in the contract has defense analysts fascinated at what their manufacturing muscle could bring to the Army tactical wheeled strategy even if it means the car and truck company doesn’t compete to build the JLTV.
Ford has made significant leaps in its hybrid technology, which the Pentagon continues to show interest. If the Defense Department focused more on operations and maintenance costs for new acquisitions, which often make up 70 percent of the life cycle costs, adding hybrid technologies would be cinch for the Army and Marine Corps’ tactical wheeled modernization strategy.
However, the focus remains primarily on the per vehicle price tag meaning an expensive hybrid system doesn’t help JLTV program managers keep the JLTV’s per vehicle cost near the targeted $250,000.
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