There’s really no comparison between the purpose-built Oshkosh
The Oshkosh JLTV fills a critical gap in the U.S. military’s current tactical
wheeled vehicle lineup. Our JLTV has been extensively tested by the U.S.
government during EMD. The Oshkosh JLTV design is proven to provide the
ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-[Mine Resistant Ambush Protected-] class vehicle, the network capability of
a mobile command center and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer.
The JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70 percent faster than [the] MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle [M-ATV]. It is fully trans-portable by air, including the CH- 47 and CH- 53 helicopter, as well as
Maritime Prepositioning Force and amphibious decks. Our JLTV provides
MRAP levels of protection in a package about one-third smaller and lighter
than the M-ATV.
With our Core1080 crew protection system, every inch of the vehicle is
designed to save lives during blasts, IED [improvised explosive device] events
and other threatening situations. You could compare it to NASCAR and the
comprehensive systems engineering approach they use to protect their drivers.
When designing the JLTV, our goal was to make a truck that would not
soon become obsolete — a truck that will be scalable and adaptable to future
mission changes and unknowns. With that in mind, the Oshkosh JLTV solution is based on decades of real-world experience, which includes exceeding
today’s technical requirements to prepare for a world of ‘unknowns’
that will shape operations over the next 20 to 30 years.
With JLTV Production
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
(JLTV) is the next-generation
ground combat vehicle for the Army
and Marine Corps. It is designed to
offer greater off-road mobility and
superior protection. The JLTV is
being produced as a two-seat utility
version and a four-seat general purpose, heavy gun carrier or close
combat weapons vehicle.
The JLTV will replace large portions
of the “Humvee” (HMMWV) fleet in
the Army and Marine Corps. The
$6.7 billion firm-fixed-price contract
covers three years of low-rate initial
production and options for five years
of full-rate production, as well as
eight years of sustainment services. It
covers 16,901 vehicles. Procurement
is planned at 49,100 vehicles, including 5,500 for the Marine Corps.
The Army Tank-Automotive and
Armaments Command awarded engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contracts to three
companies in August 2012. Oshkosh delivered its EMD vehicles in
2013. It was awarded the production
contract on Aug. 25. After a competitor’s contract challenge was
denied by the Government Accountability Office, Oshkosh resumed work in February. Full-rate
production is expected in early
2019. The Marine Corps’ procurement is to be completed by 2022.
John Bryant is senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense, Oshkosh, Wis.
A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle on the assembly line at Oshkosh Defense.