Oshkosh Defense has received a $6.7bn contract from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
Featuring both low-rate initial production (LRIP) and full-rate production (FRP), the firm, fixed-price production contract requires Oshkosh to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.
Also pursued by AM General and Lockheed Martin, the JLTV production contract includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of LRIP and five years of FRP.
The JLTV programme is a multi-service initiative aimed at replacing the US Army and Marine Corps' fleet of rapidly ageing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, which have been in active service for more than 25 years.
Oshkosh executive vice-president and Oshkosh Defense president US Army major general (retired) John Urias said: "Our JLTV has been extensively tested and is proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer.
"The Oshkosh JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today's gold standard, which is our Oshkosh M-ATV.
"Looking to future battlefields, we know that our troops will face a myriad of threats. Soldiers and Marines can be assured that the highly capable Oshkosh JLTV will perform the mission."
Oshkosh has offered Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), which combines the latest in automotive technologies with the Oshkosh CORE1080 crew protection and TAK-4i independent suspension systems to offer next-generation performance.
Built on the Oshkosh's active manufacturing line, the JLTV prototypes include a four-seat multipurpose variant and two-seat utility variant, each featuring common crew protection and advanced automotive systems, as well as optional ProPulse hybrid diesel-electric drive train with exportable power.
The two seat variant has one base vehicle platform, the Utility, while the four seat variant has two base vehicle platforms, the General Purpose and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier.
Vehicle deliveries are scheduled to start approximately ten months after the contract award.
Image: The L-ATV is expected to enable troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today's gold standard. Photo: © 2015 Oshkosh Defense, LLC.