JLTV: Oshkosh Wins, Lockheed Protests
February 4/16: Following Michael Gilmore’s thoughts on the F-35 program, his report has also shed some light on the hotly contested Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition. His report goes into detail on how the three offerings for the USMC Humvee replacement faired in tests. While Lockheed Martin and competition winner Oshkosh met protection requirements, Humvee producer AM General fell short. The shortfall resulted in AM General losing out on a contract potentially worth $30 billion, one of the biggest Army contracts in recent times. Lockheed Martin went on to begin a legal proceeding against the award to Oshkosh; however, these were thrown out before the new year.
In an age of non-linear warfare, where front lines are nebulous at best and non-existent at worst, one of the biggest casualties is… the concept of unprotected rear echelon vehicles, designed with the idea that they’d never see serious combat. That imperative is being driven home on 2 fronts. One front is operational. The other front is buying trends.
These trends, and their design imperatives, found their way into the USA’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, which aims to replace many of the US military’s 120,000 or so Humvees. The US military’s goal is a 7-10 ton vehicle that’s lighter than its MRAPs and easier to transport aboard ship, while offering substantially better protection ad durability than existing up-armored Humvees. They’d also like a vehicle that can address front-line issues like power generation, in order to recharge all of the batteries troops require for electronic gadgets like night sights, GPS devices, etc.
DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record. JLTV certainly qualifies, and recent budget planning endorsements have solidifed a future that was looking shaky. Now, can the Army’s program deliver?
JLTV: Program & Risks
The JLTV Family of Vehicles
JLTV: Goals and Constraints
JLTV: To Be, or Not to Be?
JLTV: Participants and Platforms
BAE Systems: Valanx (won TDP, lost EMD)
GDLS & AM General’s GTV EAGLE (won TDP, lost EMD)
Lockheed Martin & BAE TVS (TD & EMD Winner)
Phase 2 Engineering & Manufacturing Development: Outside Entries
JLTV: Contracts and Key Events
FY 2013 – 2014
FY 2008 and Earlier
Related Efforts & News
Appendix A: Phase 1 Technology Development’s Losing Teams
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