Michelin, the tire manufacturer, announced Thursday that the U.S. military has again chosen Michelin to manage its military tire program.
The Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio, has awarded Michelin Americas Truck Tires a 10-year, $1.7 billion contract to provide ground tires for every wheeled vehicle for all military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) worldwide.
This contract is in addition to the over $700 million contract for all military aircraft tires that Michelin received in early January 2007.
Michelin will work with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to manage the wholesale supply, storage and distribution functions for all ground tires used by the U.S. military, and will provide all of the military's ground tire needs through its own and competitive tire sourcing.
The ground tire contract is expected to save U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the contract, as it allows the U.S. Department of Defense to take advantage of the most recent technologies, expertise, and business practices of private industry to provide a more responsive supply/support program for its forces in the U.S. and worldwide.