Oshkosh receives $176m US Army order for joint light tactical vehicles


Oshkosh Defense has received an order worth more than $176m to deliver joint light tactical vehicles (JLTV) to the US Army.

It is the fourth order placed for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015, the company said in a statement.

The US Army's JLTV programme covers the procurement of 409 vehicles, 1,984 installed kits, 82 packaged kits, and related services and support.

Oshkosh Defense Joint Programs vice-president and general manager Dave Diersen said: “The JLTV programme is providing our soldiers and marines with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle.

“We have begun delivering low-rate production vehicles to the army and Marine Corps for government testing in environments around the country and we have been pleased with its performance thus far.”

"The JLTV programme is providing our soldiers and marines with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle."

According to Oshkosh, soldiers in the US will receive a vehicle that is a third smaller and a third lighter than the Oshkosh MRAP all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV).

The vehicle's off-road speed is expected to be 70% faster than the Oshkosh M-ATV.

Powered by a 6.6l turbo diesel engine, the vehicle can be transported by aircraft, such as C130, CH-53 and CH-47.

The Oshkosh JLTV is equipped with the EOS R-400S-MK2 remote weapons system and the Orbital ATK M230 LF 30mm gun.

Delivery of the vehicles and kits under the latest order will begin later this year.


Image: US Army places another order for Oshkosh JLTVs. Photo: courtesy of Oshkosh Defense.