AM General’s joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) prototype has successfully completed engineering manufacturing and development (EMD) off-road testing at an undisclosed location.

The company is providing the blast-resistant off-road vehicle (BRV-O) for the US Department of Defense’s (Dod) programme, which seeks to replace the US Army and Marine Corps’ ageing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) fleet.

AM General Business Development and Programme Management vice-president Chris Vanslager said: "As the most experienced light tactical vehicle company in the world, having designed, tested, built and fielded more than 1.5 million vehicles, we are very pleased with BRV-O’s performance to date, and EMD testing was very much in line with our projections.

"The BRV-O is designed to meet or exceed the EMD phase evaluation criteria in terms of protection, performance, payload, transportability, reliability and affordability."

"We look forward to getting this modern and innovative vehicle that provides unmatched situational awareness, protection, performance and payload at an affordable price, into the hands of our customers as soon as possible."

AM General successfully completed all EMD phase milestones, including the design understanding review and manufacturing readiness assessment, prior to delivering 22 BRV-Os to the US Government for testing in August 2013.

Developed in two versions, the BRV-O is designed to meet or exceed the EMD phase evaluation criteria for protection, performance, payload, transportability, reliability and affordability.

It includes a four-seat combat tactical vehicle to support three different mission package configurations, and a two-seat combat support vehicle to support a utility mission package configuration for different roles across a full spectrum of military operations.

Equipped with a high-performance engine and transmission powertrain, a self-levelling suspension system, clustered super-computing power and other advanced components, the vehicle can be adapted to future changes in US military missions, enemy threats and new protection technologies.

AM General received a $64.5m JLTV EMD contract, along with Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defence, in August 2012.

The 24-month contracts for Lockheed and Oshkosh were valued at $65m and $56.4m, respectively.

Defence Technology