Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the manufacturing readiness assessment (MRA) of its joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) for the US military, paving the way for vehicle production at the company's Camden manufacturing complex in Arkansas, US.
Carried out at the company's Camden Operations, the tests involved measuring the manufacturing maturity and assessment of JLTVs' technical risk.
Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control ground vehicles vice-president, Scott Greene, said the test completion signals the addition of another joint US Army / Marine Corps vehicle-manufacturing programme.
"With proven assembly methods, a keen focus on efficiency and a highly skilled workforce, we are confident that the tremendous success we've achieved producing the HIMARS launcher for the army and marines will translate to an outstanding JLTV for those very same customers," Greene said.
Aimed at replacing several of the existing army and marine corps HMMWV 'Humvee' vehicles, the Lockheed Martin JLTV would offer highly improved survivability and capability.
In addition, the JLTV would offer the crew protection of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, while providing critical mobility, reliability and transportability to soldiers and marines.
The patented Meritor Pro-TecTM, which is an independent air-ride suspension incorporated within the JLTV, boosts agility and off-road mobility, while the Cummins turbo diesel and Allison transmission offers abundant power with enhanced fuel efficiency.
Last month, the US military started full-scope trial of the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) prototypes, involving vehicles from Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin and AM General at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, US.
Image: The Lockheed Martin JLTV is aimed at replacing several of the existing army and marine corps HMMWV 'Humvee' vehicles. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.