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Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR)

The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) will provide a replacement vehicle system for the current fleet of LVS's, which are quickly approaching the end of their service life. The current MK-48 LVS, procured in 1985, has a twenty year service life based on a mid-life rebuild begining in FY95. That rebuild never occurred making the procurement of a replacement system essential. The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement Mission Need Statement (MNS), dated 22 October 1993, No. LOG 45, established the Marine Corps' continued need for a heavy truck fleet capable of meeting the operational requirements of Marine Corps expeditionary missions throughout the world. The LVSR is the Marine Corps heavy fleet vehicle system for transporting heavy bulk and break bulk cargo, bulk liquids (fuel and water), and ammunition.

The LVSR will be comprised of a dual axle front power unit coupled to one of five interchangable rear body units. These rear body units will allow the LVSR to fulfill various missions: transport standardized containers up to 20 ft., wrecker/vehicle recovery, 5th wheel semitrailer adapter, and self-loading ribbon bridge/container hauler/flatrack transport. The LVSR will address current heavy fleet deficiencies, including off-road mobility, ride quality, corrosion, stability, and braking. The increased speed, mobility, and fuel consumption of mechanized forces magnifies the inability of the current LVS to maintain the tempo needed to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) in combat operations.

Maneuver Warfare, Operational Maneuvers from the Sea (OMFTS), and Ship-to-Objective Maneuver (STOM) doctrines dictate that the LVSR, the Marine Corps primary bulk fuel and ammunition transport, be able to support high tempo operations over an enlarged battlespace and keep pace with rapidly moving and widely dispersed maneuver forces.

With the heavy tactical wheeled vehicle fleet fast approaching the end of its service life, the Marine Corps is enlisting ideas from industry to find the best approach for a replacement - one that will contain total ownership costs. The Marine Corps seeks dialogue with industry to ensure that program and performance goals are realistic. The Marine Corps intends to use industry's feedback to develop an LVSR solicitation package for full and open competition.

Cost will depend upon availability of a system that meets Marine Corps needs and is ready for testing. If industry can provide cost effective alternatives, then costs may be contained. If a full scale developmental program is needed, then costs may exceed $1 Billion. In any case, cost reduction strategies, reliability & maintainability improvement initiatives, and life cycle support recommendations are encouraged.

The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) will replace the current Marine Corps heavy tactical wheeled vehicle, the Logistics Vehicle System (LVS). The LVSR is envisioned as a heavy tactical logistics distribution system that transports bulk liquids, ammunition, ISO containers up to 20ft in length, tactical bridging and support equipment, and bulk/breakbulk cargo; performs wrecker/recovery duties; and tows semi-trailers carrying heavy/oversized equipment (engineer and combat).

Three LVSR variants will replace the current five LVS variants. The cargo variant will be fielded prior to the LVSR 5th Wheel and Wrecker variants which will be options on the LVSR cargo variant production contract. The Flatrack Refueling Capability (FRC) program will replace the M970 Semi-Trailer refueling in both the Force Service Support Group (FSSG) and the Marine Air Wings (MAWs) for ground refueling missions.

A sampling of the performance goals sought are:

  • Minimum 22.5 ton on-road payload
  • Towed loads of up to 200,000 lbs. Gross Combined Vehicle Weight
  • On and off-road capability
  • Room for a two man crew, personnel protective gear, and M16A2 rifles
  • Crew survivability against ballistic and mine threats
  • ISO container compatibility
  • No reliance on external materiel handling equipment
  • Range of at least 300 miles
  • Transportable on amphibious and commercial shipping, rail and C141B aircraft
  • Externally transportable by CH-53E helicopter (max weight 28,000 lbs)
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Interface with:
    • Marine Corps semitrailers
    • US Army Palletized Load System (PLS) flatracks
    • US Army Container Roll-on/Roll-off Platform (CROP)

The Marine Corps has completed fabrication of a technology demonstrator. State-of-the-art, commercially available automotive technology was integrated onto an existing LVS platform, electronically linked to provide diagnostic and prognostic communication, and modeled against the current LVS to demonstrate performance improvements. The Marine Corps intends to use lessons learned from these early concept exploration efforts to build a performance-based system requirement document and to share information with potential manufacturers.

The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement program will consist of two separate phases. During the first phase, the System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase up to two contracts will be awarded to procure prototypes for developmental testing. The winner of the SD&D phase will be awarded a production contract to produce Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) vehicles for operational testing. The other two LVSR variants, the 5th Wheel and Wrecker variants will be designed, built and tested under the LVSR cargo production contract.

Multiple Contract awards were made under Request for Proposals (RFP) M67854-03-R-5121 for the System Development and Demonstration Phase (SD&D) Phase of the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) on March 23, 2004. Awards were made to American Truck Corporation (ATC), 2010 Corporate Ridge, #770, McLean, VA 22102 and Oshkosh Truck Corporation (OTC), 2307 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54903, whose proposals provided the best value to the Government, with a total evaluated price (less CLIN 0003AB) of $5,586,033 and $5,000,000 respectively.

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) shall be capable of efficiently completing its missions utilizing a series of variants to include a cargo variant, a wrecker variant and a fifth wheel variant. he LVSR cargo variant shall safely self-load, transport, and self-unload its payloads to include standardized containers, family of flatracks, and tactical bridging and its associated equipment. The LVSR fifth wheel variant shall transport medium heavy equipment transporters (MHET). The LVSR wrecker variant shall retrieve, flat tow, and lift and tow any tactical USMC motor transport prime mover at Highway Gross Vehicle Weight (HGVW) and at CCGVW.

The LVSR cargo, fifth wheel, and wrecker variants shall accomplish the heavy tactical vehicle fleet missions of transporting bulk fuel and water, ammunition, breakbulk/palletized cargo, tactical bridging, standardized containers to twenty feet; transporting heavy equipment (to include combat vehicles); and conducting heavy wrecker recovery. Vehicles shall have improvements that reduce fleet operating costs, enhance performance, safety, and supportability.

The baseline LVS operates with fuel efficiency of 2.0 m.p.g., with a range of 300 miles. Per Government test data, the LVSR Technology Demonstrator, equipped with an EPA 1999 non-road diesel engine achieved a fuel efficiency rating of 2.6 m.p.g. The fuel efficiency requirement for the LVSR, as called for in MP-MT-PRF-01, is 3.0 m.p.g. and is a Key Performance Parameter (KPP). This represents a 50% increase in fuel economy over the LVS baseline vehicle and 15% increase over the LVSR TD.

As of February 2005 the target date for Initial Operational Capability was December 2008.

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