DSEI 2017

Transatlantic trade [DSEI17D2]

13 September 2017

Oshkosh Defense (Stand N4-165) is showing a four-door Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) sporting a British Army paint scheme and equipped with a Harris VRC 110 radio system, a Kongsberg Protector Lite remote weapon station (RWS) with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, and AmSafe Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) nets.

It was first disclosed in June 2016 that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) was in talks regarding the potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) acquisition of JLTV from the USA. The MoD confirmed that interest was being shown in acquiring the JLTV to meet the Package 1 requirement of the Multi-Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) programme. In January 2017, it was confirmed that negotiations for an FMS acquisition of JLTV had commenced.

On 10 July 2017, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US state department had approved a possible FMS valued at $1.035 billion to the UK for 2,747 JLTVs plus options that include armour B-kits. Any sale must still be ratified by the US Congress.

Jane’s sources suggest the UK’s current JLTV requirement is closer to 747 − the quoted 2,747 figure an aspirational total requested at this stage to simplify any additional acquisitions in the future.

Oshkosh was awarded the JLTV contract on 25 August 2015. The award includes a base contract and eight option years covering three years of low-rate initial production (LRIP) and five years of full-rate production (FRP). The initial JLTV contract award has a potential value of $6.749 billion and calls for a maximum of 16,901 JLTVs.

The sixth and most recent JLTV delivery order under this contract was announced by Oshkosh on 1 September 2017, this for 611 JLTVs and bringing order totals to date to 2,756.

Overall JLTV requirements remain fixed at 5,500 for the US Marines and 49,099 for the Army, however in June 2017 it was disclosed that the Marines wished to adjust its acquisition objective for JLTV by 65 per cent to up to 9,091 vehicles, hoping to acquire these as quickly as funding permits.

Additionally, the US Air Force requested 140 JLTVs in FY18, and while released documents show no further procurement planned for the period FY19-22, the service is known to have a desire to replace its entire fleet of 3,270 HMMWVs with JLTVs.

JLTV order totals could also increase further following confirmation in May 2017 that the JLTV-RV (JLTV − Reconnaissance Vehicle) is to be incorporated into the current JLTV Technical Data Package (TDP) and will be a kit option on the next JLTV contract. The JLTV-RV is currently designated as the interim solution for the Army’s Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) requirement.



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