JLTV: Oshkosh Wins, Lockheed Protests
September 1/16: The US Army is planning to make the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) its new Light Reconnaissance Vehicle platform and arm it with a variant of the M230 chain gun found on the AH-64 attack helicopter. Manufacturer Oshkosh won a $6.7 billion contract last fall to build the first 17,000 production models of the JLTV. In total, the Army and Marine Corps plan to buy a total of nearly 55,000 of the combat vehicles, including 49,100 for the Army and 5,500 for the Corps, to replace about a third of the Humvee fleets.
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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