Oshkosh Defense has received an order to provide 258 joint light tactical vehicles (JLTVs) for the US Army.
The $100m order has been received as part of a contract signed in August 2015.
The vehicles are intended to replace the army’s armoured high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) fleet.
Oshkosh Defense Joint Programs vice-president and general manager Dave Diersen said: “From a scheduling perspective, the JLTV programme is on track. We are currently in low rate initial production (LRIP) and have delivered over 1,000 vehicles since October 2016.
“The initial LRIP vehicles are undergoing a spectrum of government testing, and soldiers and marines will begin receiving JLTVs for operational use in FY19.”
The JLTV programme is expected to be designated with initial operating capability (IOC) by the army and the US Marine Corps in early 2020.
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Diersen added: “Over time, we are confident there will be opportunities to expand this powerful vehicle platform to include new variants and configurations.
“The JLTV programme was designed to provide a new generation of protection, mobility and network capability.
“We also see significant international market potential for allies requiring a tactical wheeled vehicle proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle, the network capability of a mobile command centre, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer.”
Under a separate $40m delivery order from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Oshkosh Defense said it will bring the army’s fleet of more than 90 heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT) to their latest model configuration. They will have the same zero-mile, zero-hour condition as new vehicles.