On 28 November, Oshkosh Defense announced today that the U.S. Army has placed a $1.69 billion order for 6,107 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits. This delivery order marks the tenth order under the contract that was awarded to Oshkosh in August 2015. The JLTV is the newest vehicle to enter the Army’s fleet. The JLTV will replace most Army Humvees with four mission packages configurations including general purpose, heavy gun carrier, close combat weapons carrier and a utility vehicle. The vehicle will not replace specialty Humvees such as those with snow plows.
The JLTV will support a two- or four-man crew plus gunner, similar to the Humvee. In addition, it increases the protection for that crew. This protection is similar to that provided by the mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle, however the JLTV is approximately two-thirds the weight, improving mobility and transportability. Additionally, the JLTV payload capacity can range from 3,500 to 5,100 pounds without losing protection or mobility. It also offers greater speed over terrain, acceleration, reliability and fuel efficiency when compared to the Humvee. The JLTV also features a VICTORY compliant modular, scalable, open architecture system to support rapidly evolving C4ISR suites
To date, Oshkosh Defense has delivered more than 2,600 vehicles. OThe JLTV fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy uparmored HMMWV fleet with a modern light protected vehicle. Based on decades of tactical wheeled vehicle engineering and manufacturing experience, only the Oshkosh® Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) delivers next-generation performance to serve the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) mission. Oshkosh Defense expects a Full Rate Production (FRP) decision in December 2018, followed by first Army unit equipped in early 2019.
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For decades Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company.