AM General will showcase its blast-resistant vehicle - off road (BRV-O) for the first time at Michigan Defense Industrial Base Expo of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) this week.
The vehicle has been proposed by the company for the engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase of the US Army's joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) programme.
The BRV-O is a multi-role vehicle, designed to meet or exceed 100% of the JLTV EMD phase evaluation criteria in terms of protection, performance, payload, transportability, reliability and affordability.
Readily deployable by air, land and sea with a 3,500lb payload, the vehicle is equipped with a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power, as well as other advanced components.
The vehicle features crew capsule, energy-absorbing seats, shaped underbody and modular armour maximise protection, already proven effective in government-supervised blast testing, and can readily adapt to future changes in US military mission requirements, tactics and evolving threats.
During the exhibition, the company will also display the fuel efficient Optimizer 3200 engine that will power the vehicle, along with its proposed solution for the next generation combat engine based on Optimizer 3200 technology.
AM General is also supporting a separate proposal from General Tactical Vehicles (GTV), a joint venture with General Dynamics Land Systems, which also received one of three contracts for the technology demonstration (TD) phase of the JLTV programme.
The JLTV programme is aimed at replacing the Army and Marine Corps' fleet of rapidly ageing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), which have been in active service for over 25 years.
The army plans to buy at least 50,000 vehicles with options for additional units, while the Marines could acquire 5,500 vehicles.
Image: The proposed JLTV by General Tactical Vehicles during field trails. Photo: courtesy of US Army.