US Army field artillery soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are conducting a fires integration operational test of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) system.

Carried out at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, US, the tests will help inform the operational suitability of the vehicle in real-world operations.

According to US Army Operational Test Command Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate test officer major Nathaniel Holman, the evaluation involved a modified JLTV.

More than 100 live-fire missions were executed and over 900 rounds of high explosive ammunition downrange were fired during testing.

US Army Operational Test Command (OTC) — the Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate (MS2TD) Test Officer in charge Rob Richardson said the test data will provide a view into the system’s effectiveness, and reliability, as well as support decisions whether to field it or not.

Richardson said: “Operational testing is about soldiers executing unit missions.

“This test is about making sure the modifications to the JLTV are effective in the hands of soldiers performing the fire support mission and suitable for the environments in which field artillery units operate.”

The JLTV, which is being fielded across the US Army, would be a replacement for the high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV).

It would serve as the M119A3 105mm Howitzers’ prime mover and ammunition carrier.

Testing also saw the participation of soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery (FA) Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT).

US Army 2-32 FA Boldsteel Battery battery commander captain Stephanie Shivley said: “The operational tests provided my battery with the opportunity to enhance the unit’s standard operating procedures, in a tactical environment, while utilising new equipment to benefit our tactics.

“The overall design not only improved readiness across the formation but provided valuable data for test development.”