Hah, hah. Get it? “Good year” to seek second tire supplier. Get it? “Good year“?
Here’s what the Strykers currently spin, the Michelin 1200R20 XML:
Is that a great pic, or what? Taken by Murdoc at the 2005 Auto Show in Chicago. More Stryker pics here.
Here’s the story:
Buckeye State lawmakers have inserted language into the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill that would require the Army to study whether it needs a second supplier of tires for Stryker combat vehicles.
The Senate passed the amendment, sponsored by Republican Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine, by unanimous consent and without debate last month. But both the Army and its current supplier, South Carolina-based Michelin North America Inc., say tire inventories for the eight-wheeled, 20-ton Stryker, a relatively new Army combat vehicle used extensively in Iraq, are sufficient to meet future needs.
In response to assertions that Michelin may not be able to meet the Army’s demand on its own, a company spokeswoman said “nothing could be further from the truth.” Michelin can produce as many as 60,000 Stryker tires annually, but officials anticipate the Army will order around 20,000 tires next year for both new and older Stryker vehicles, the spokeswoman added. By 2010, Michelin expects the annual demand for tires to dwindle to 6,000.
If what the Army projects is accurate, isn’t Congress trying to require the Army to conduct a study on a problem that doesn’t exist? Who’s going to pay for that?