Request for Information for Humvee Recapitalization Program (UPDATED)
The Army released arequest for information for a competitive Humvee recapitalization program. The goal is to begin repairing and upgrading nearly 60,000 combat-worn vehicles to like-new condition with improvements in protection.
“The Army and Marine Corps continue to dialog on a consolidated program. There’s potential for a request for proposals,” Army Col. David Bassett, project manager for tactical vehicles, said April 19 at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s tactical vehicles summit in Alexandria, Va.
The Marine Corps recently sent out a request for information for recapping its Humvee fleet.
Army officials are seeking proposals from industry on how to update a third of its fleet of about 150,000 Humvees made by AM General, based in South Bend, Ind. The plans is to increase the level of anti-blast protection on those vehicles, which currently have bolt-on armor kits.
The ideal solution, which experts believe is unrealistic, would be protection that is comparable to the mine-resistant ambush-protected, or MRAP, trucks, but without the added vehicle size and weight. Bassett said the base vehicle will have slightly less-than-MRAP levels of protection, supplemented by add-on kits.
A fully loaded remanufactured Humvee should not cost more than $180,000 per vehicle, he said. “We want to see what you can do for that price. If you’re going to bid, you have to put it into production at that price range,” he said.
The RFI will focus on material solution and procurement items. “It will ask things like ‘What’s the minimum sustainment rate that you can produce this economically?’” Bassett told the conference. “Producers who can deliver efficiently at low volume will have an advantage in this market.”
Funding issues still are being worked out in this program. The Army last year attempted to reprogram money that had been set aside to buy new Humvees. Lawmakers turned down the request. But Bassett is optimistic that approval will be granted this year.
Bassett said the Army intends to keep costs down by promoting competition. “The Humvee recap is not a forever program,” he cautioned. It will be similar to the five-year program that is now under way to refurbish and enhance the family of medium tactical vehicle fleet. The Humvee effort will be re-competed every five years. "You need to be on your game,” Bassett warned contractors.