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US State Department Approves $250 Million Sale of JLTV Heavy Gun Carriers to Slovakia

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US State Department Approves $250 Million Sale of JLTV Heavy Gun Carriers to Slovakia

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M1278 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) Heavy Gun Carrier
M1278 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) Heavy Gun Carrier

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Slovakia of M1278A1/A2 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) Heavy Gun Carriers (HGCs) , and related equipment and services for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Government of Slovakia has requested to buy one hundred ninety-two (192) M1278A1/A2 Heavy Gun Carriers Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) as well as M153 Common Remote Weapons Stations (CROWS) with Display and Control Panels (DCP); M2 Quick Change Barrels (QCB) .50 caliber machine guns; MK19 40mm grenade launchers; M2A1 machine guns; M4A1 Joint Chemical Agent Detectors; AN/VAS-5B(V)2 Driver’s Vision Enhancers (DVE); JLTV kits; special tools to support the JLTV; JLTV spare parts; M205 gun mounts and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Also included are basic issue items for CROWS; CROWS DCP retrofit kits; AN/VRC-104 radio kits; 16 port network switch kits; Silent Watch energy storage kits; DVE installation kits; M4A1 detector kits; M1114 turret rings and hatches; Maintenance Support Devices (MSD) with wireless at-platform test sets; Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE) sensor modules; display control modules; bracket assembly; electronics components assembly; CROWS appended trainers; CROWS diagnostic kits; CROWS maintenance tool sets; M2 Small Arms Tool Kits; Small Arms MK19 Tool Kits; M2 spare parts; MK93 weapon mounts; Toughbook laptops with interactive electronic technical manuals (IETM) and cables; JLTV contractor spare parts support; CROW Systems spare parts support; Maintenance Support Items (MSI) in support of MK19; MK19 Mod III spare parts support; CROWS spare parts; CROWS Basic Issue Items (BII) boresight kit components.

M1278 JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier configuration with Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK). (Photo by Oshkosh)

With a multitude of manned and remotely operated weapon configurations, the Oshkosh Defense® JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier (HGC) can pack a lethal punch. This vehicle is designed for crew-served and remote weapon systems. With a protected gun mount, it is the principal light vehicle for over-watch and direct fire support of infantry maneuvers, convoy escort and security missions. Advanced non-kinetic weapon systems (e.g., lasers) can also be integrated to defend against swarming UAV threats. Its unrivaled TAK-4iTM intelligent independent suspension system provides unimpeded mobility across the most treacherous terrain. Scalable protection allows the Oshkosh JLTV to adapt to ever-evolving threats. And complete plug and play C4ISR capability ensures the JLTV remains on the leading edge of mission

The Oshkosh L-ATV (Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle) is a light utility/combat multi-role vehicle that won the US military’s Army-led Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The L-ATV was designed to deliver a level of protection comparable to that of heavier and less maneuverable Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) class designs. The JLTV family and its nomenclature evolved throughout the development process and to date the U.S. Army has allocated M designations to four individual JLTV configurations. The JLTV family now consists of four base vehicle platforms: M1278 Heavy Guns Carrier, M1279 Utility, M1280 General Purpose and M1281 Close Combat Weapons Carrier. The Oshkosh JLTV quickly adjusts to achieve diverse transportability needs—by air (CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters’ C-130, C-5, C-17 and A400 Cargo fixed-wing aircraft), land and sea.

M1278 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) Heavy Gun Carrier
M1278 JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier configuration and equipped with M153 CROWS II remote weapon system integrated with M2 Browning .50 Caliber heavy machine gun. (Photo by Oshkosh)

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