Lockheed Martin has completed production of the final vehicle being developed for the US Army and Marine Corps’ as part of the multi-billion dollar joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) programme.
A total of 22 JLTV prototype vehicles have been manufactured by the company under the programme’s 24-month $66.3m engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase contract awarded by the army in August 2012.
Manufactured at BAE Systems’ manufacturing facility in Sealy, Texas, US, the vehicles are now scheduled to be shipped for the US Government’s comprehensive testing and evaluation programme on 22 August.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control ground vehicles vice-president Scott Greene said the company would supply a vehicle featuring enhanced capabilities and reliability, and can be easily acquired and operated.
"Early break-in testing is under way, and we are confident that our JLTV design will serve our service men and women well," Greene added.
Lockheed’s JLTV prototype has already demonstrated the ability to offer blast protection equivalent to much larger in service mine-resistant vehicles during initial testing.
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The vehicle is believed to offer enhanced crew protection and mobility, increased fuel efficiency and improved connectivity with other platforms and systems compared with other existing general-purpose vehicles, while reducing logistical support costs.
As well as significant reduction in weight, the vehicle also retains the proven force protection, transportability and reliability of its previous technology development (TD) phase model.
Other two JLTV EMD contract recipients include AM General and Oshkosh Defense.
JLTV programme is aimed at replacing the US Army and Marine Corps’ fleet of rapidly ageing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), which have been in active service for more than 25 years.
Image: Lockheed Martin’s proposed vehicle for the US Army and Marine Corps’ JLTV programme. Photo: file image.