Oshkosh Defense [OSK] said Tuesday it recently produced the 10,000th Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), with a lead program official expressing confidence in the company’s ability to compete for the Army’s follow-on production contract.

“Since winning the JLTV contract in 2015, we knew we’d have to win it again. Oshkosh Defense is the proven partner of our U.S. military customer, and we’re building a great vehicle at a great cost. Today, we’re celebrating our 10,000th JLTV,” George Mansfield, the company’s vice president and general manager for joint programs, told

Defense Daily. “In order to win again, we’ve matured the manufacturing process, built a robust supply chain and maximized efficiencies. We’re confident in our ability to continue to deliver unmatched protection and off-road mobility at an affordable cost for many years to come.”

A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle displays its overall capabilities during a live demonstration at the School of Infantry West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 27, 2019. The JLTV consists of multiple platforms capable of completing a variety of missions while providing increased protection and mobility for personnel across the Marine Corps. (Official Marine Corps video by Sgt. Timothy R. Smithers/Released)

The announcement arrives as Oshkosh received another $15 million deal in late January for additional JLTVs, which followed a $901 million contract in December covering over 2,700 vehicles. 

Oshkosh has now received orders for more than 18,000 JLTVs to date, totaling over $6 billion, covering deliveries to the Army, Marine Corps and international partners. 

“Producing the 10,000th JLTV in under five years is further evidence of our ability to meet the demands of our domestic and international customers by providing the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle at a great price. We’re excited to continue working with our military customer to further refine and expand the platform,” Mansfield said in a statement. 

Mansfield noted Oshkosh Defense participated in the recent JLTV virtual industry day where officials detailed the latest on plans for the follow-on production deal, which the Army has said it may consider splitting between vendors to drive down the program’s production costs (Defense Daily, Dec. 11). 

GM Defense [GM] said last fall it has “strong interest” in the program, adding, “we believe we have the right [capabilities] to win in vehicle sizes of that [JLTV] size” (Defense Daily, Oct. 27).