The US has issued a request for new vehicle designs for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme, to be used by the army and Marine Corps.

The competition, which could be worth over US$10bn in the long-term, calls for ten different vehicle models, with thee payload categories, Reuters reports.

The vehicles should be armoured, have network connectivity, be light enough to be transported by a range of aircraft and feature common parts, systems, tools, training and maintenance procedures.

The army will award three contracts for a 27-month technology development phase in July 2008, followed by a system development and demonstration phase to begin in 2011.

By staff writer