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    The US Army has formally given approval to Oshkosh Defense to commence the full-rate production (FRP) of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme.

    Approval was granted by US Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Assistant Secretary Dr Bruce Jette.

    JLTVs are designed to replace a sizeable number of the army’s high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, known as Humvees.

    Initially, the FRP was slated to be approved in December, Defense News reported. The delay in approval was due to several changes to the Humvee replacement.

    In December, the army gave the go-ahead to begin fielding the JLTV platform with the US Army’s 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

    The division received more than 300 vehicles and became the army’s first unit equipped with new platforms in April. JLTVs have also been fielded to four army training sites.

    Bruce Jette’s principal deputy Jeffrey White said: “Thanks to tremendous teamwork across two services on requirements, resources, programme management, testing, and other areas, this is a great modernisation success story.

    “JLTV shows how teams focused on stable requirements, mature technologies and the right incentives can deliver meaningful capability advancements in a cost-conscious way.”

    “The division received more than 300 vehicles and became the army’s first unit equipped with new platforms in April.”
    The JLTV family of vehicles is purpose-built to serve modern battlefield networks. The platform is designed to give commanders an improved protected mobility solution.

    It is available in two variants and four mission package configurations.

    These configurations include general purpose, close combat weapons carrier, heavy guns carrier, and a utility vehicle.

    JLTV Joint Program Office project manager Michael Sprang stated that feedback from the soldiers of the 1st ABCT, 3rd Infantry Division helped in proceeding with the FRP decision.

    The US Navy and US Air Force are also planning to procure the JLTVs.

    Industry partners have flight tested the Javelin anti-tank, guided munition weapon system on board Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

    The demonstration also involved the firing of Northrup Grumman’s lightweight 30mm cannon from a Kongsberg remote weapon station on a JLTV.

    Tests were performed at the Redstone Test Center in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, US.

    Oshkosh Defense vice-president and joint programmes general manager George Mansfield said: “This successful demonstration further solidifies the importance of the JLTV’s position within the current combat fleet formation.

    “The JLTV is the only light tactical vehicle on the field today that can manoeuvre within combat formations, hauling critical weaponry and equipment quickly across complex terrain, all while keeping our troops safe and protected.”

    The Javelin infantry surveillance and anti-armour weapon system is manufactured by the Javelin Joint Venture, a collaboration between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

    Javelin provides a fire-and-forget, medium-range missile and is in use with the US Army, US Marine Corps and several international customers.

    The system is designed to offer enhanced situational awareness and lethality against a range of targets, including armoured vehicles, bunkers and caves.

    Designed by Oshkosh Defense, the JLTV is intended to replace a significant number of the US Army’s existing high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles (Humvee).

    The JLTV comes in different variants, including a utility vehicle with two doors, a general-purpose variant, a weapon carrier for combat requirements, and a heavy gun carrier.

    The vehicle can be equipped with armament and communication systems.

    Earlier this week, the army approved for Oshkosh to proceed with the full-rate production of the JLTV programme.

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    A good Acquisition story.

    Some early teething issues were rapidly overcome and lessons learned applied....exactly as what is supposed to happen with an LRIP.
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    JLTV Success?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    A good Acquisition story.

    Some early teething issues were rapidly overcome and lessons learned applied....exactly as what is supposed to happen with an LRIP.
    Except some priorities have changed. JLTV procurement is likely to be way less than originally anticipated, and HMMWVs will live on for potentially decades.

    We are revisiting the Bradley with selecting the JLTV as the new light scout vehicle, too. JLTV is too big to be a proper scout vehicle, just like the Bradley. Off the top of my head, the last purpose-built scout vehicle the US Army had was the OH-58D...

    The troops also have some scar tissue with the similarity to the MATV. That vehicle over-promised on the protection provided, and under-performed off-road. I hope the JLTV does better.


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