WARREN, Mich. - Armored combat vehicle designers at Oshkosh Defense LLC in Oshkosh, Wis., are building 416 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) systems under terms of a $106.3 million order announced last month.
The U.S. Army is continuing its orders of the JLTV to replace earlier generations of light tactical vehicles.
Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Mich., are asking Oshkosh to build the 416 new JLTVs, as well as 832 installed and packaged kits.
The Oshkosh JLTV is a version of the company's Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV). The JLTV program was delayed shortly after the initial contract was awarded by a protest by Oshkosh rival Lockheed Martin Corp. The program resumed in February 2016 after Lockheed Martin's protest was dismissed.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) wants to buy 54,599 JLTVs - 49,099 for the U.S. Army and 5,500 for the U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that the DOD will spend more than $53.3 billion on the JLTV program - $1.1 billion for research and at least $52.3 billion for procurement.
The Oshkosh JLTV is a light utility and combat multi-role vehicle that is expected to deliver a level of protection similar to that of current, but far heavier and less maneuverable, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) class designs, and much better than the latest armored HMMWVs.
The JLTV has two variants - a two-seat and a four-seat variant, as well as a companion trailer (JLTV-T). The Oshkosh vehicle offers the Core1080 crew protection for survivability, turret operated systems, remote weapons systems, and tube-launched missile system.
The Oshkosh JLTV features the company's TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system that adjusts ride-height type with as much as 20 inches of wheel travel. The vehicle also has the digitally controlled General Motors Duramax V8 cylinder 6.6-liter diesel engine.
The vehicle can be fitted with light, medium, and heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, smoke grenade launchers, or anti-tank missiles, operated from ring mounts or a remote weapon station.
The JLTV contract has eight options for Oshkosh to build the first 16,901 vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps. The contract was awarded on behalf of the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich.
On this order, Oshkosh will do the work in Oshkosh, Wis., and should be finished by March 2019.
For more information visit Oshkosh Defense online at https://oshkoshdefense.com, the Army Contracting Command-Warren at http://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-wrn, or Army TACOM at www.tacom.army.mil.