Oshkosh Corp. fires back at Lockheed motion
Oshkosh Corp. and the U.S. government Friday filed court papers asking a federal judge not to grant a Lockheed Martin motion that would halt work on a $6.7 billion military contract Oshkosh won in August.
Lockheed Martin launched a federal court challenge to the U.S. Army’s decision to award Oshkosh Corp. a contract to build Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, which would replace about one-third of all U.S. Humvees over the next 25 years.
Lockheed challenged the Army’s decision first through the Government Accountability Office, which reviews government contract awards, but GAO dropped that challenge Dec. 15 after the company announced plans to file suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. By changing arena, Lockheed is embarking on a more formal legal process — GAO can only recommend changes — while forfeiting an automatic contract halt.
GAO dismissing Lockheed’s challenge dissolved a 100-day stop-work order on the JLTV contract and allowed Oshkosh Corp. to resume building. Lockheed in a motion in early January asked a federal judge to issue an injunction that would force Oshkosh Corp. to stop working while the legal case progresses.