The Brazilian Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais, CFN) received four new ‘Joint Light Tactical Vehicles’ (JLTV) on Thursday, strengthening their capabilities for the ongoing ‘Lais de Guia’ operation in the port areas of Rio de Janeiro, Itaguaí, and Santos. These armored vehicles are a crucial addition for ensuring law and order in these strategic regions. Upon their arrival at the Rio de Janeiro Port, the JLTVs were swiftly transported to the Navy’s Intendancy Center in the Parada de Lucas neighborhood. They will undergo thorough operational tests and evaluations before being deployed. These vehicles will also be painted with camouflage, akin to the four previously received armored vehicles that are already actively patrolling Rio de Janeiro. The next batch of four vehicles is expected from the United States, all of which will find their base at the Marine Corps’ Armored Battalion in Duque de Caxias, under the command of the Marine Forces Fleet, strengthening their defensive capabilities.
On 5 October 2020, the Brazilian Marine Corps signed a contract for a batch of 12 JLTVs, to be delivered between 2022 and 2026. In September 2021, it was reported that the Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN) was looking to acquire an additional 48 JLTVs. The Brazilian Marine Corps received four JLTVs on 2 March 2023. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Infantry Battalions would each receive 12 of the vehicles, while the remaining 12 would go to the Special Operations Battalion. The vehicles mount an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) kit armour suite and a B-kit add-on armour system. An Objective Gunner Protection Kit 1.0 is available for M2A1 and MAG58/M240 machine guns and the MK19 MOD3 grenade launcher. The Brazilian JLTV is equipped with a SuperWinch 12605482 electric winch; one driver’s smart display unit and two commander’s smart display units made by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada.
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.
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 three base vehicle platforms, Utility (JLTV-UTL), Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC) and General Purpose (JLTV-GP). 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. 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. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.