I sincerely doubt that on a lifecycle basis, in British army service with British equipment the JLTV will be cheaper than a home grown alternative. It uses an engine and gearbox that have never been used in Europe. That's one big standalone supply chain. The average age of the Humvee fleet is still only 17years and they're being replaced. The philosophy is mass produce, use for ten years, sell on, repeat. Anything the British army buys, you can pretty much guarantee it's going to be thrashed to death for half a centuryRon5 wrote: ↑20 Sep 2021, 13:101. JLTV is half the price of any of its competitors. That's why it was selected by the UK. Fitting UK comms is not an issue.RunningStrong wrote:I agree, I don't believe JLTV is the vehicle we need, and I don't believe Oshkosh will have sufficient incentive to make the British-standard of changes that are required for our use (Bowman just to start).Lord Jim wrote:If we purchase the JLTV direct from the US under FMS it is likely to be the cheapest option out of the platforms under consideration. I do think we need to broaden out search though, as many countries are now producing platforms of a type that would meet the MRV(P) phases one and two, South Africa for example.
Perhaps with the latest security pact we will be looking towards the Bushmaster, to keep both Australia and Thales happy.
2. Bushmaster is not competing against JLTV. It's an entry in part 2 of the requirement,. JLTV has already won part 1.
But this can easily be resolved by the time honoured technique called a "tender". Ie The army defines requirements tightly and puts out an RFP calling for full lifecycle costing detail.