MARINE CORPS WEAPONS & VEHICLES
SUPPORT AND LOGISTICS VEHICLES
configuration allows for removal of the cab roof to accommodate
Maritime Prepositioned Force space requirements. Armor is to be
installed on all MTVR variants deployed to hostile environments.
The MTVR’s Medium & Heavy Tactical Vehicle Program
Management Office (PMO) has continued to improve MTVR
armor in response to Urgent Universal Needs Statements
(UUNSs) — adding increased underbody blast protection, fuel
tank fire-protection kits and 300-amp alternator kits, as well
as developing the reducible height armor configuration. In
addition, live-fire testing has resulted in armor upgrades for
non-reducible height armored MTVRs and the armored troop
carrier. The PMO is developing additional safety upgrades, such
as transportability improvements and emergency egress wind-
shields, in response to UUNSs and operational force input. The
PMO also is working with the Office of Naval Research under
Future Naval Capability to develop a fuel economy upgrade kit.
The Approved Acquisition Objective of the MTVR is cur-
rently 8,750 vehicles, which has been obtained. More than 1,000
MTVRs have seen service in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. With a
70-percent offroad mission profile and highly survivable armor
package, the MTVR has been heavily used in theater for logis-
tics missions and for humanitarian roles.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Oshkosh Defense
LOGISTICS VEHICLE SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The LVSR replaced the Marine Corps LVS heavy
tactical wheeled vehicle. The LVSR cargo variant transports
several cargoes: bulk liquids (fuel and water); ammunition;
standardized containers; bulk, break-bulk, palletized cargo and
bridging equipment. The LVSR has wrecker and tractor variants employed throughout the MAGTF. The vehicle base design
includes factory-installed armor and is designed to accept an
add-on armor kit for increased crew protection.
The all-wheel-drive vehicle is equipped with an independent
suspension system for superior off-road mobility in the most
severe environments. The LVSR features an on-road payload
capacity of 22. 5 tons and an off-road capacity of 16. 5 tons. Maneuverability is increased by four-axle steering capabilities. The
LVSR is equipped with an advanced electronics system for in-cab
diagnostics of critical systems. The LVSR has a 600-horsepower
C15 engine and uses a single-source lubrication system for easier
maintenance. The LVSR is capable of operating over increased
distances with greater payloads to meet the demands of expeditionary maneuver warfare. The LVSR includes a self-loading/
unloading capability to reduce dependence on external material
handling equipment and to transport supplies, equipment and
logistics into remote areas in which Marines routinely operate.
Add-on armor can be applied in the field by maintenance
activities. The LVSR achieved IOC in September 2009. The full
acquisition objective of 2,000 vehicles was procured consisting
of 1,489 cargo variants, 349 tractor variants and 162 wrecker
variants. The LVSR program declared full operational capability
in July 2014.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Oshkosh Defense
MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH
PROTECTED (MRAP) VEHICLES
BRIEFING: The MRAP vehicle was designed and fielded through
an accelerated acquisition process that employed concurrent production, testing, and fielding in order to meet urgent
requirements identified during Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom. The vehicles’ V-shaped hull,
high ground clearance and high hardened armor make them
uniquely qualified for high IED threat operations. The U.S.
Marine Corps currently has 2,510 MRAP vehicles, comprising three vehicle platforms: the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle
(M-ATV), the Cougar and the Buffalo.
The Cougar platform consists of Category I and Category II
variants. Category I vehicles primarily are intended for operations in the urban combat environment and explosive ordnance
disposal (EOD). Category II vehicles are capable of supporting
security, convoy escort, troop/cargo transport, medical, armored
utility, EOD and combat engineer operations. The Category
III Buffalo is a six-wheel, six-passenger vehicle developed to
conduct route clearance operations. The M-ATV is designed to
operate in rugged terrain and provides better overall mobility
characteristics than other MRAP platforms. It supports mounted
patrols, reconnaissance, security, convoy protection, data interchange, and command-and-control functions.
The Marine Corps’ enduring requirement was developed
based on expected future threats and the service concept of
operations. It positions a small quantity of vehicles in the
operating forces and supporting establishment with the vast
majority of the vehicles in prepositioned locations. Vehicles
located in prepositioned programs will be maintained in a
mission-ready status, and all others according to established
maintenance policy. The MRAP family of vehicles currently is
fielded to all three Marine Expeditionary Forces.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection,
LOGISTICS VEHICLE SYSTEM REPLACEMENT