Lockheed Martin formally protests Oshkosh Corp. contract

Lockheed Martin Corp. is seeking to overturn a $6.75 billion contract the U.S. Army awarded to Oshkosh Corp. for armored trucks, a move that could delay or jeopardize the deal that many hope will support thousands of Wisconsin jobs.

The protest was filed Tuesday with the Government Accountability Office, which handles the appeals. The GAO has until Dec. 17 to render a decision.

“Lockheed Martin does not take protests lightly, but we are protesting to address our concerns regarding the evaluation of Lockheed Martin’s offer,” the Maryland-based defense contractor said in a statement.

The contract could eventually be worth up to $30 billion to build a new type of armored truck. Last month, Oshkosh was awarded an initial $6.75 billion contract for about 17,000 of the vehicles, beating out Lockheed Martin and another competitor, AM General LLC.

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