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US Army approves JLTV full-rate production

Photo: The US Army has approved the JLTV program's transition into full-rate production. Photo: Courtesy of Oshkosh Defense

 

The US Army is moving forward with the introduction of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Dr. Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recently approved the program’s transition into full-rate production.

The US Army has approved the JLTV program’s transition into full-rate production. Photo: Courtesy of Oshkosh Defense

The approval follows a decision in 2018 to begin fielding the new platform with the army’s 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. The unit was the first to be equipped with JLTVs in April 2019 after receiving more than 300 vehicles.

A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle drives along a tank trail during operator training Photo: Sean Kimmons

The JLTV family of vehicles is designed to restore payload and performance that were traded from light tactical vehicles to add protection, thereby giving commanders an improved protected mobility solution and the first vehicle purpose-built for modern battlefield networks.

Pfc. Michael Elizardo drives a new JLTV which is designed to replace many of the service’s Humvees. Future plans are to procure over 49,000 JLTVs for the US Army and about 9,000 for the Marine Corps by the mid-2030s Photo: Sean Kimmons

The JLTV comes in two variants and four mission package configurations: General Purpose, Close Combat Weapons Carrier, Heavy Guns Carrier, and a Utility vehicle.

Joint Light Tactical Vehicles drive along a tank trail during operator training. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is the first US Army unit to receive the service’s newest tactical vehicle Photo: Sean Kimmons

The U.S. Navy and Air Force also plan to field JLTVs in much smaller quantities.

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