SOFEX 2016

All-round improvements [SOFEX16D1]

10 May 2016

Oshkosh Defense (Hall 6, Stand B630) is showing its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which is to replace the armoured AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) in US Army service, following a massive contract award estimated to be worth up to $30 billion.

A key requirement for the 4x4 JLTV was a high level of ballistic and mine protection and a high level of cross-country mobility.

The latter has been achieved by the installation of the company’s latest TAK-4i intelligent suspension, which is a further development of the earlier TAK-4 independent suspension used on other Oshkosh wheeled tactical vehicles.

When compared with the earlier TAK-4, the latest TAK-4i gives a 25 per cent improvement in wheel travel, which as well as providing an increase in cross-country mobility, also offers a more comfortable ride for the crew.

In addition, the TAK-4i suspension can be raised or lowered by the driver to meet air, land and sea transport height requirements.

The curb weight of the JLTV is currently being quoted as 6,350kg, and it can be transported internally in C-5, C-17 and C-130 transport aircraft or carried slung under the CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters.

Oshkosh Defense is marketing the vehicle in command variants that integrate communication and control, weapon systems, power generation, improvised explosive device defeat systems, navigation and situational awareness capabilities.

The JLTV is also a potential contender for a number of replacement requirements in various parts of the world.

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