US Approves Possible Sale of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to UK

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and accessories to the United Kingdom (UK), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The UK Government has requested for a possible sale of up to 2,747 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV). This request also includes baseline integration kits, basic issue item kits, B-kit armor, engine arctic kits, fording kits, run-flat kits, spare tire kits, silent watch kits, power expansion kits cargo cover kits, maintainer and operator training, U.S. government technical assistance and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Total estimated cost of the sale is $1.035 billion.

The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress about the possible sale.

Th statement by DSCA said that the “proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security policies of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important partner on critical foreign policy and defense issues.”

“The proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded”, DSCA said in the statement

About JLTV:

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is a United States military (specifically U.S. Army, USSOCOM, and U.S. Marine Corps) program to part-replace the Humvee with a family of more survivable vehicles with greater payload. The JLTV program was approved in 2006 to begin early studies.

JLTV variants are capable of performing armament carrier, utility, command and control, ambulance, reconnaissance and a variety of other tactical and logistic support roles.

Oshkosh’s L-ATV was selected as the winner of the JLTV program on 25 August 2015 and awarded an initial production contract for up to 16,901 JLTVs.

Variants of JLTV are:

  • M1278 Heavy Guns Carrier – General Purpose (JLTV-GP)
  • M1279 Utility – Utility (JLTV-UTL)
  • M1280 General Purpose – General Purpose (JLTV-GP)
  • M1281 Close Combat Weapons Carrier – Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC)

Source: DSCA

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