Oshkosh Defense has been selected by the US Army and Marine Corps to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the successor to the Humvee.
The US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to Oshkosh Defense to build the JLTV, which will replace “a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility.”
Oshkosh said it expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services during the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP).
The JLTV production contract awarded to Oshkosh includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of LRIP and five years of FRP. Oshkosh will begin delivering vehicles approximately ten months after contract award.
“Following a rigorous, disciplined JLTV competition, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are giving our nation’s Warfighters the world’s most capable light vehicle – the Oshkosh JLTV,” said Charles L. Szews, Oshkosh Corporation chief executive officer. “We are fully prepared to build a fleet of exceptional JLTVs to serve our troops in future missions,” the executive added.
Oshkosh says its JLTV has been extensively tested and is proven to provide “the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer.” Furthermore, the Oshkosh JLTV is said to allow troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70 percent faster than the current Oshkosh M-ATV.
The JLTV will include two variants, a two seat and a four seat variant, as well as a companion trailer (JLTV-T). The two seat variant has one base vehicle platform, the Utility (JLTV-UTL), while the four seat variant has two base vehicle platforms, the General Purpose (JLTV-GP) and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC).