JLTV: Oshkosh Wins, Lockheed Protests
February 13/20: JLTV Competition The US Army is slowing down its timeline to acquire a fleet of Joint Tactical Vehicles, an armored Humvee replacement that some have criticized as being better suited to past wars Breaking Defense reports. The Army’s budget for fiscal 2021 earmarks $894.4 million to buy 1,920 JLTVs of various configurations as well as 1,334 JLTV-T companion trailers. The Army began slowing its JLTV acquisition strategy last year, announcing it would buy 2,530 JLTVs in fiscal 2020, a significant reduction from its 2019 purchase of 3,393 vehicles. The JLTV was one of 93 programs the Army cut or reduced last year, putting roughly $30 billion in savings toward the Army’s ambitious modernization effort. Army leaders said last year that the service was considering lowering its procurement objective of buying 49,000 JLTVs by the mid-2030s.
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 2016 – 2020
FY 2013 – 2014
FY 2008 and Earlier
Related Efforts & News
Appendix A: Phase 1 Technology Development’s Losing Teams
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