Oshkosh Defense has introduced its light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV) utility variant for the US Army and Marine Corps multi-billion dollar Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme.
The newly introduced L-ATV utility version addresses the JLTV requirement for a two-seat cargo vehicle, while the L-ATV base variant fulfils the four-seat multi-purpose vehicle needs.
Both versions feature common crew protection and advanced automotive systems, as well as the patented Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system to offer enhanced levels of protection and off-road performance in a light vehicle.
Oshkosh Defense Joint and Marine Corps Programs vice president and general manager John Bryant said the advanced equipment was necessary to safeguard lives of soldiers and completing missions keeping in view the landscapes and threats of future battlefields.
"The Oshkosh L-ATV utility variant is the most technologically advanced, most mature JLTV solution for warfighters to complete transport missions on those battlefields," Bryant said.
With more than 5,100lb payload capacity, the vehicle has been designed to offer mobility for containers, pallets and break bulk cargo in a broad spectrum of operating environments and threat levels.
The vehicle can also be outfitted as a carrier to transport standard shelters for communications systems, onboard electronics and other functions.
Oshkosh has successfully accomplished its JLTV design understanding review with the government and is scheduled to hand over 22 vehicle prototypes this summer as part of the $56.4m engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract received in August 2012.
A rigorous quality-assurance system, called LEAN processes, is used by the company together with an efficient supply chain to deliver economical L-ATVs that address or exceed JLTV requirements.
The JLTV programme is aimed at replacing the current fleet of ageing and outdated high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) of the US Army and Marine Corps, which have served in combat for more than 25 years.
Image: Oshkosh Defense's light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV) for the JLTV programme. Photo: file image.