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 |  Mar 27 2012, 3:32 PM

BAE Systems, with the aid of Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defense is submitting a proposal for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase for its Joint Light Tactical vehicle (JLTV) program.

As part of its proposal, BAE Systems has selected Ford to power its JLTV family of vehicles with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbocharged diesel with 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same powerplant found in the F-Series Super Duty trucks from the American automaker.

Ann Hoholick, BAE Systems Vice President of amphibious & new programs, explained the choice, saying “Ford products have a reputation for dependability and performance, even under challenging conditions. With their experience in commercial trucks, we see this as a great fit for our JLTV offer. It’s a win for us and a win for our valued customers.”

It seems the joke is on Chevrolet, considering these JLTVs would probably survive an apocalypse. A final decision will come in June when the government awards up to three EMD contracts.