Force Protection doesn't make cut to design better Humvee

Famous local armored-vehicle maker Force Protection was passed up by the Pentagon to design an armored replacement vehicle for the Humvee in war zones.

The Army wants a more durable, protected vehicle for routine use in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The final contract could be worth $40 billion, and the design contracts alone were coming in around $40 million each.

But, it's less-than great news for Force Protection, who's had some troubles of late.

Read more about it at any number of news outlets, but I'll point you to the Times. Thanks to The Post and Courier for tipping us off.

In related news: NBC News 2 has something about Force Protection unveiling a new prototype for an armored but lighter-weight vehicle today. They also have a video of one Marine telling a first hand account about the vehicles.

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