Following a competition that included extensive trials with 22 prototype vehicles each submitted by AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) design submitted by Oshkosh Defense (Hall 5, Stand D608) was selected as the winner. It is being shown at Eurosatory for the first time.
The JLTV is the replacement for the up-armoured version of the AM General High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which is used in large numbers by the US Army, Marine Corps and other elements of the US armed forces.
John Bryant, president of Oshkosh Defense, said: “The JLTV that we are building today is the result of years of development and rigorous US government testing, which has resulted in the highest performance ever achieved in a light tactical wheeled vehicle.”
Compared with the up-armoured HMMWV, the JLTV will provide a step change in capability, with a higher level of protection, payload, speed and mobility. The high level of mobility is achieved by the installation of the Oshkosh Defense TAK-4i independent suspension system, which can be raised or lowered by the driver to suit the terrain being crossed.
The TAK-4i provides for 508mm of independent wheel travel.
It normally has a crew of four and here at Eurosatory is fitted with a Kongsberg Protector remote weapon station armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun. The JLTV can be carried inside C-130, C-5 or C-17 transport aircraft or carried slung under a CH-47 or CH-53 helicopter.
The company was awarded a $6.7 billion firm fixed-price contract last year, and if all options are exercised, a total of 49,099 JLTV will be procured. Of these, the US Marine Corps will take delivery of 5,500 units with an initial operating capability in FY2018 with 69 units in service with one US Marine Corps infantry battalion. The first US Army unit will be equipped in FY2018 with an initial operating capability of FY2019.
Because of the high numbers to be produced for the US Armed Forces, the JLTV is expected to be competitively priced for the export market.