Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)

Oshkosh Defense Awarded $591 Million Contract to Deliver JLTVs to Slovenia, Montenegro, Brazil and Lithuania

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $591,605,517 modification to contract W56HZV-20-C-0050 for 1,669 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle trucks, 868 JLTV trailers and associated kits and parts. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2020 and 2022 other procurement, Army funds; fiscal 2022 other procurement, Marine Corps funds; fiscal 2022 other procurement, Air Force funds; fiscal 2022 other procurement, Navy funds; and fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Slovenia, Montenegro, Brazil and Lithuania) funds in the amount of 591,605,517 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is a United States military (specifically U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps) and United States Special Operations Command program to part-replace the Humvee with a family of more survivable vehicles with greater payload. Early studies for the JLTV program were approved in 2006. The JLTV program incorporates lessons learned from the earlier Future Tactical Truck Systems program and other associated efforts. JLTV follows the U.S. Army’s Long Term Armor Strategy with kits for two levels of armor protection. JLTVs are air-transportable (CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters; C-130, C-5, C-17 and A400 Cargo fixed-wing aircraft) and can be delivered in a multitude of versions ranging from general purpose to heavy guns carrier.

Lithuanian Armed Forces Unveils Its First Batch of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs)

Given the competitive nature of the JLTV competition, only limited technical detail has been released by either the U.S. Army or Oshkosh. No specific dimensions and only limited operating weight and automotive data is available. The JLTV is based around Oshkosh’s TAK-4i (i=intelligent) independent suspension system. Around 26,000 military vehicles are fitted with an earlier version of the system, including the Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR), Oshkosh Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR), and Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV); the TAK-4 system has been retro-fitted to the Force Protection Inc Cougar and BAE Systems RG-33 MRAPs.

As of April 2021, fourteen delivery orders have been placed by the U.S. military for JLTVs to be delivered to U.S. armed forces. The most recent of these was announced on 30 November 2020, this valued at $884.4 million for 2,679 JLTVs, 1,001 JLTV trailers, and 6,725 associated kits. Outside of the United States, a number of other countries have shown an interest in or have ordered the JLTV. These include Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Slovenia. All have ordered via FMS with the exception of Belgium which is a direct sale. Portugal and the United Kingdom have expressed a documented interest in acquiring the JLTV. Australia joined the TD phase of JLTV but ultimately opted to procure the locally produced Thales Hawkei. India did express an interest in joining the JLTV program, but this did not occur.

Rafael Fires SPIKE NLOS Missile from Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in Estonia