Oshkosh receives $195m US Army order for joint light tactical vehicles


Oshkosh Defense has received another order worth more than $195m to deliver joint light tactical vehicles (JLTVs) to the US Army.

The order covers the delivery of 748 vehicles and 2,359 installed and packaged kits.

Oshkosh Defense Joint Programs vice-president and general manager Dave Diersen said: “Soldiers and marines need a reliable, transportable, and protected mobility solution that balances payload, protection, and performance. The Oshkosh JLTV is that solution.”

In August 2015, Oshkosh received a $6.7bn contract from the US Army to manufacture JLTVs, the company said in a statement.

The JLTV production contract includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of low rate initial production (LRIP) and five years of full rate production (FRP).

The JLTV programme is currently in LRIP, with test activities and logistics supportability evaluations being conducted around the country.

It is expected to receive an FRP decision in fiscal 2019, and the first army unit is expected to be using the vehicle by the middle of the same year.

The vehicle’s initial operating capability with both the US army and the US Marine Corps is expected to be achieved in early fiscal 2020.

"Soldiers and marines need a reliable, transportable, and protected mobility solution that balances payload, protection, and performance."

Oshkosh’s JLTV is a third smaller, a third lighter, and 70% faster than the Oshkosh MRAP all-terrain vehicle.

Powered by a 6.6l turbo diesel engine, the vehicle can be quickly and efficiently outfitted for a full range of missions.

It can also be transported by air or sea vehicles, such as the C130, CH-53, and CH-47.

The JLTV family of vehicles is comprised of four-door and two-door variants, as well as general purpose, heavy guns carrier and close combat weapons carrier configurations.


Image: Oshkosh’s JLTVs. Photo: courtesy of Oshkosh Defense.