Oshkosh Defense, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced it has successfully completed 200,000 miles and all requirements for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) testing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.
Concurrently, Oshkosh received the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the JLTV Production contract, which is a limited competition.
During the JLTV EMD contract, the Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) successfully completed every program milestone to date – the latest of which is RAM testing. The company began the EMD phase by delivering 22 fully integrated JLTV prototypes on time to the Government in August 2013. The EMD phase includes 14 months of robust military testing, training and support through November 2014.
“The nature of warfare has changed, and future battlefields will bring an unpredictable combination of terrain, tactics and threats,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired), John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation Executive Vice President and President, Oshkosh Defense.
The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap between the HMMWV and larger MRAP vehicles in service today. The Oshkosh JLTV solution will equip our troops with a new generation of off-road mobility and protection they need to accomplish their missions,” he added.
In preparation for the Production phase, the company produced its JLTV EMD prototypes on an active and proven production line, alongside its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and other platforms. Using lean processes, flexible assembly lines and rigorous quality checks, Oshkosh has a history of delivering tactical wheeled vehicles on schedule and with industry-leading quality.
“Oshkosh is prepared to begin JLTV low rate initial production immediately should the company be awarded the production contract. We believe that no other light tactical vehicle platform offers a comparable combination of proven technology, systems integration and manufacturing readiness at an affordable cost,” Urias added.
The Oshkosh L-ATV’s lightweight, compact design leverages 10 years of research and development, as well as field operating experience during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide unprecedented protection, off-road mobility, maneuverability and speed. The Oshkosh L-ATV merges key design elements of highly survivable combat vehicles and off-road tactical vehicles to operate in a range of threat levels and terrains. Independent off-road testing proves that the L-ATV provides superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top performing tactical wheeled vehicles.