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Business Briefing / Military

Northrop and Textron can't bid

February 18, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Government auditors denied protests lodged by Northrop Grumman Corp. and Textron Inc., keeping the military contractors out of a competition to build lightweight tactical vehicles to replace the Humvee.

The Army and the Marine Corps have been looking for a vehicle that can withstand roadside bombs and explosives but is more agile on mountainous terrain and narrow roads than existing mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles being used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The services are expected to order 65,000 vehicles.

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