Oshkosh Defense LLC was awarded a contract modification, worth around $407 million, for the supply of additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and associated kits.
The modification was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Detroit Arsenal (DTA), Michigan. The modification is in support of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, Lithuania and Slovenia. This order includes JLTVs for the USMC, Slovenia and Lithuania and kits for the U.S. Army, USMC, Slovenia and Lithuania.
Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2022.
“We work side-by-side with the Joint Program Office to give the military the necessary technological edge to compete with and defeat the most advanced adversaries,” said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Without sacrificing mobility or transportability, the JLTV can accommodate over 100 mission package configurations, a true testament to its agility and modularity.”
“We are proud of our vehicle and proud of this program,” continued Mansfield. “The JLTV stands out as one of the few major programs delivering on its promises – it is on time, on budget, and delivering against all program requirements. Our mission is to enable the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and our allies to complete their missions and return home safely.”
Slovenian JLTV Procurement
In October 2018, Slovenia has signed an Intergovernmental Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) with the U.S. Government for the purchase of 38 Oshkosh JLTVs. The value of the contract for the purchase of 38 JLTV vehicles was around 15.7 million euros.
In Slovenian service, the vehicles will be called LKOV 4×4 (lahkih kolesnih oklepnih vozil, light wheeled armored vehicles).
Eighteen of the new JLTVs will be delivered to the special operations forces with the remaining 20 units to the medium battalion battle group for the provision of national defense and fulfillment of NATO’s goals of capability for the Slovenian Armed Forces.
All vehicles will be equipped with the Kongsberg M153 remote control weapon system and an integrated 7.69 mm machine gun or a 12.7 mm machine gun or an automatic 40 mm caliber bomber, already operational in the Slovenian Army.
The vehicles with integrated remote control systems are expected to be delivered to the Slovenian Army from 2021 to 2023.
Lithuanian JLTV Procurement
In August 2019, the sale of 500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, worth an estimated $170.8 million, to Lithuania, was approved by the U.S. State Department under the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program. In November, the Lithuanian Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence and the U.S. Department of Defence signed the LOA concerning the procurement of 200 JLTVs for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Lithuania is initially planning to procure 200 JLTVs but may decide to purchase more for the needs of its Armed Forces.
The new JLTVs will be equipped with turrets and 12.7 mm (.50) M2 QCB machine-guns and given to battalions of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin while prioritising the national rapid response forces.
The first vehicles are planned to be delivered to Lithuania in late 2021.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ( JLTV)
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ( JLTV) program is a United States military (specifically U.S. Army, USSOCOM, and U.S. Marine Corps) program to part-replace the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, Humvee) fleet with a family of more survivable vehicles with greater payload.
Oshkosh’s L-ATV was selected as the winner of the JLTV program in August 2015 and awarded an initial production contract for up to 16,901 JLTVs.
The JLTV family now consists of three base vehicle platforms – Utility (JLTV-UTL), Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC) and General Purpose (JLTV-GP)- and four configurations based on specific Mission Packages – M1278 Heavy Guns Carrier – General Purpose (JLTV-GP), M1279 JLTV-UTL, M1280 JLTV-GP, and M1281 JLTV-CCWC.
The U.S. Army approved the JLTV for full-rate production in June 2019 and the vehicle achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) next month. The U.S. Navy and Air Force also plan to field JLTVs in much smaller quantities.