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US Army may reduce industry pool competing for Common Tactical Truck award

The US Army has released updated plans to host a USD5.1 billion Common Tactical Truck (CTT) prototyping competition but notified industry it will likely select fewer teams to compete, Janes understands.

In early February the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, an entity overseeing the CTT competition, notified companies that the army has postponed releasing a draft ‘request for prototype proposals'. Doug Bush, the service's Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, subsequently told reporters this is only a “minor pause” while the service internally discusses competition plans.

The service confirmed that it privately released the draft solicitation on 25 February, and Janes understands that the army has decided to select up to three companies to compete instead of the five it previously envisioned. However, if funding is available it may reverse course.

Companies selected to compete will then receive up to USD6.8 million for all three phases. The first phase will be for non-recurring engineering and the award is capped at USD1.3 million. The service then wants each team to produce three prototypes for the load handling system, line haul tractor, and off-road tractor missions, and will provide each team with up to USD5 million. The final competition phase is designed to test out these prototypes and each team will receive up to USD490,000.

If the competition proceeds as planned, the army still intends to make a final downselect and award one company or team with a contract valued at USD5.1 billion to produce 7,265 trucks .

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