A Marine Corps Systems Command solicitation seeking contractor bids for a new
heavy tactical truck has been delayed, in anticipation of possible changes in
The program, called LVSR (logistics vehicle system replacement) is designed
to replace the Corps’ aging fleet of battlefield resupply vehicles. The
Marines could end up buying up to 1,000 trucks.
The LVSR will be a heavy tactical transport vehicle for bulk liquids, ammunition,
ISO containers up to 20 feet in length, tactical bridges and bulk cargo. This
vehicle also would perform wrecker and recovery duties and tow semi-trailers
carrying heavy-oversized equipment.
An LVSR prototype, made by Oshkosh Truck Corp. has been tested extensively
by Marines and contractors. Expected to compete against Oshkosh for the LVSR
award is the American Truck Co., a U.S. based subsidiary of Tatra Trucks.
The delay in the LVSR solicitation—which originally had been scheduled
for April 2002—appears to have been prompted by the installation and logistics
branch, at Marine Corps headquarters. Even though the Systems Command supports
the program and is ready to move forward, sources said, the I&L organization
is questioning the LVSR requirements and whether in fact it is needed.
Industry officials said that they were surprised to hear that I&L was having
reservations about LVSR, because the Marine operational units have been “screaming
for an LVS replacement” for years, said one source.
If the Corps decides to proceed with the program, a request for proposals could
be issued as early as February 2003.