Oshkosh Corp. on Tuesday won a $6.75 billion contract to build almost 17,000 new light trucks to replace aging Humvees for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, cementing the future of its defense business.
Good news indeed even though the Humvee was never intended to be a light armored vehicle but a substitute to the venerable Willis MB 1/4 ton truck. The Humvee proved to be an amazing platform which went above and beyond its original design and was maligned for political purposes. It was akin to getting a Corolla as a substitute for the Pinto, suddenly demand it did the work of a Ford F-250 and then bitch because it was not doing it 110%.
What we need now is DOJ to make the retiring 120,000 Humvees available for the civilian market the same way they did with the Willis MB.
Hat tip to Justin P.