Oshkosh Defense announced that the U.S. Army has placed a $484 million order for 1,574 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits.
“This latest order follows the completion of the Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E) conducted by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and further demonstrates that the JLTV program continues to be a top modernization priority for our armed services,” said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “The JLTV is ready to support our troops, and we look forward to getting more soldiers and Marines into this extremely mobile, protected, and proven next-generation light tactical vehicle.”
In addition to the recently completed operational testing, the JLTV also completed Reliability Qualification Testing earlier this year, accumulating over 100,000 miles and exceeding reliability requirements.
To date, Oshkosh has produced more than 2,000 JLTVs and has delivered more than 1,600 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. A Full Rate Production (FRP) decision is expected in FY19.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (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.
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.
The JLTV family of vehicles is equipped with the TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system, which is the next-generation of Oshkosh’s advanced TAK-4 independent suspension system. The TAK-4i system allows the JLTV to deliver superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top-performing tactical wheeled vehicles. Additionally, the TAK-4i independent suspension system can be raised and lowered using interior operator controls to meet sea, air and land transportability requirements.
JLTV variants are capable of performing armament carrier, utility, command and control (C2),ambulance, reconnaissance and a variety of other tactical and logistic support roles.
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)
The JLTV can be air transported internally by a C-130 Hercules, C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III fixed-wing airlifters or externally by CH-47 Chinook and CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopters.
Under the U.S. JLTV contract, Oshkosh will produce and deliver up to 17,000 JLTVs for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The JLTV program is scheduled to achieve full rate production authorization in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), at which time the vehicle would be available for foreign military sale (FMS) deliveries.