Two companies that lost a competition to build trucks for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are challenging the selection of another firm as the winner.
AM General and Navistar Defense both filed protests on Sept. 3 with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which has until Dec. 12 to decide whether to deny or sustain the protests. If the GAO sustains the protests, it could recommend that SOCOM redo the competition.
AM General declined to say why it filed a protest over the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1) program. Navistar said that “after a debrief meeting with SOCOM, we are asking for a review of certain issues that have been identified.” Navistar declined to elaborate.
The Pentagon announced Aug. 22 that General Dynamics won a $562 million, seven-year contract for GMV 1.1. SOCOM has described the truck as a “small, lightweight, extremely mobile vehicle capable of internal air transport” in a heavy-lift MH-47 helicopter that will give special operations forces “a fast roll-on/roll-off capability ideal for a full spectrum of operations." The command has said it would buy the new vehicles to replace some of its older GMVs.
SOCOM said Sept. 6 that it is reviewing the protests. General Dynamics had no immediate comment on the protests.
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