The US Army has awarded a $6.7 billion contract to Oshkosh to replace the ageing Humvee, with the company beating off British-based BAE Systems.
The Wisconsin-based truck maker expects to produce around 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps over the course of the deal, with delivery expected to begin in approximately 10 months.
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They'll replace a large portion of the HMMWV (Humvee) fleet, which was introduced in 1984, providing far superior protection and off-road mobility.
“Because of the JLTV program, our Soldiers and Marines are getting a level of technical performance that no other vehicle can match,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of the Oshkosh Corporation.
“Our 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."
"The Oshkosh JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today’s gold standard [the best tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) currently in the market].
"Looking to future battlefields, we know that our troops will face a myriad of threats. Soldiers and Marines can be assured that the highly capable Oshkosh JLTV will perform the mission.”
The JLTV, which will be available in two and four-seat configurations, boast a "Core1080 Crew Protection System", which includes IED detection, mine resistance, and bolt-on armor.
Optional missile launch and turrent provide the offensive capability, while suspension that can be lowered and raised electronically will make it easier to transport the vehicles.
Charles L. Szews, Oshkosh Corporation chief executive officer, said:
“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.”
“We are fully prepared to build a fleet of exceptional JLTVs to serve our troops in future missions.”