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First JLTVs

An infantry brigade combat team of the 10th Mountain Division will be the first unit to get the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, around January 2019 once full-rate production kicks in, said Colonel Shane Fullmer.

A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle does a demonstration run around Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 14, 2017 (Photo Credit: David Vergun)
A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle does a demonstration run around Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 14, 2017 (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

Fullmer, the joint program manager for the JLTV program, spoke at a JLTV demonstration and media roundtable here on June 14.

The brigade will receive 500 JLTVs on a one-for-one replacement of the unit’s current fleet of Humvees, he said.

Officials said that a total of about 100 JLTVs are being provided this year by Oshkosh Defense, the maker of the vehicle, at a low-rate initial production of about 10 per month to the Army and Marine Corps for testing.

The full suite of testing includes command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; reliability qualification; and live-fire, according to a chart provided at the media roundtable.

The Army plans to purchase at least 50,000 JLTVs and the Marine Corps so far plans to buy about 5,500 for a total cost to both services of about $24 billion, with production extending over the course of 20 years, according to Army officials.

Andrew Rogers, program manager, Light Tactical Vehicles at Program Executive Officer (PEO) Land Systems Marine Corps, said the Marine Corps is re-evaluating its order and may order upwards of 10,000. The first JLTVs for the Marine Corps, he said, will go to a battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in late 2019.

 

FOUR VARIANTS

Fullmer said there are four variants of the JLTV that will be produced: general purpose, close-combat weapons carrier, heavy gun carrier and utility. Of those four variants, each comes in two door or four door options.

The two-seaters have an extended bed and are built to carry up to 5,100 pounds/2,313 kg of supplies, he said. The four-seaters carry about 3,500 pounds/1,588 kg, including four Soldiers seated and a fifth manning the weapons turret.

Weapons that can be carried in the JLTV include .50-caliber/.5 inches/12.7-mm machine guns, Mk-19 grenade launchers and TOW missiles, he noted.

Requirements for the JLTV production included the ability to be airlifted by Boeing CH-47 Chinook or Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters and to have a similar footprint as the Humvee so they’d fit inside the decks of amphibious ships, Fullmer said.

 

DRIVING CHARACTERISTICS

Learning to drive the JLTV is a breeze, Fullmer said. The first item that a driver will notice is the floating suspension, which can be adjusted. So, for example, if the vehicle is in a 30-degree incline, the driver can flatten out the suspension to level the vehicle.

Also, the operator has a display that shows the condition of the vehicle, including the engine, transmission and suspension.

The venerable Humvee had great maneuverability and payload but very little protection, particularly in the underbody, Fullmer said, while the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle had high protection levels but poor maneuverability, particularly in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. JLTV has all the advantages of payload, protection and performance, he concluded.

David Diersen, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense, said the JLTV has one-third the weight and half the price tag of the MRAP, and the JLTV is about 70 percent faster than the MRAP and much more maneuverable.

Diersen added that the JLTV’s Banks Engineering 866T Turbo diesel engine consumes diesel as well as JP8 and DF2 at fuel-efficient levels.

There have been discussions with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center as well as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for future autonomous operations, he noted.

Finally, Diersen explained that Oshkosh was able to keep the cost per vehicle down because the company also builds civilian vehicles and therefore has an economy of scale advantage. «So, you might see a JLTV rolling down the assembly line followed by a snowplow and garbage truck».

Fullmer said the JLTV was kept on schedule and within budget because of cooperation and close dialog between the Army, Marine Corps, Oshkosh and the requirements and acquisition communities.

The JLTV in action during a media showing at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia

Next Generation Vehicles

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, will showcase its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), the U.S. military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) solution, at the IDEX Conference 2017. The vehicles will be on display at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, in Abu Dhabi from February 19-23, 2017.

M-ATV Assault 2
M-ATV Assault 2

«Our M-ATV and L-ATV platforms serve a full spectrum of military and security missions around the world», said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of International Programs for Oshkosh Defense. «Both platforms having a place on today’s modern and undefined battlefields, these vehicles represent a new generation of protection, mobility, lethality and communications, which is allowing customers to redefine their ground vehicle capability».

The battle-proven M-ATV Family of Vehicles combines best-in-class off-road mobility and life-saving survivability to deliver optimal protected mobility with MRAP-level protection against IEDs and other battlefield threats. The M-ATV Assault variant on display is outfitted with a Moog Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP), which can help achieve tactical unit overmatch with proven precision lethality in any operational environment. The featured RIwP configuration employs the Orbital ATK M230LF 30-mm lightweight automatic chain gun, an M249 machine gun, a Javelin missile, and the DRS Long Range target acquisition sensor suite. RIwP provides commanders with options of direct fire, missile, sight and non-lethal configurations to meet changing enemy threats. It also improves soldier situational awareness with a gunner’s hatch and protects them through weapon reload under armor. The M-ATV is further equipped with the DRS Technologies Driver’s Vision Enhancer and Enhanced Situational Awareness System to provide greater coverage and mission capability.

M-ATVs are offered in standard and extended wheel base models with five variants to meet mission requirements for militaries and security forces around the world. The M-ATV variants include:

  • M-ATV Special Forces;
  • M-ATV Assault;
  • M-ATV Engineer;
  • M-ATV Command;
  • M-ATV Utility.

After years of U.S. Government testing, the Oshkosh JLTV Family of Vehicles is recognized as the most capable light tactical vehicles ever built, providing troops with the payload, performance and protection they need for current and future battlefields. Built with the future in mind, the JLTV takes lessons learned from past conflicts to prepare for threats unknown. The JLTV General Purpose variant on display is equipped with an EOS R-400S-MK2 remote weapon system integrated with Orbital ATK’s M230 LF 30 mm lightweight automatic chain gun to demonstrate the vehicle’s ability to support increased lethality including a medium caliber weapon system. The JLTV is available in 2-door and 4-door models in the following configurations:

  • JLTV Utility;
  • JLTV General Purpose;
  • JLTV Close Combat Weapons Carrier;
  • JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier.

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the Oshkosh M-ATV and L-ATV Family of Vehicles, and the Company’s full portfolio of Heavy, Medium, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) and protected vehicles, technologies, integration capabilities and aftermarket solutions at IDEX 2017 in booth 02-B11.

Another order for JLTV

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed another order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program including 409 vehicles, 1,984 installed kits, 82 packaged kits and related services and support. The order valued at more than $176 million, is the fourth order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015.

The Oshkosh JLTV is equipped with the EOS (Electro Optic Systems) R-400S-MK2 remote weapons system and the Orbital ATK M230 LF 30-mm gun
The Oshkosh JLTV is equipped with the EOS (Electro Optic Systems) R-400S-MK2 remote weapons system and the Orbital ATK M230 LF 30-mm gun

«The JLTV program is providing our Soldiers and Marines with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle», said Dave Diersen, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager of Joint Programs. «We have begun delivering low rate production vehicles to the Army and Marine Corps for government testing in environments around the country and we have been pleased with its performance thus far». The vehicles and kits for this order will begin delivery in late 2017.

 

U.S. Soldiers and Marines can expect:

  • A vehicle 1/3 smaller and 1/3 lighter than the Oshkosh Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV
  • Off-road speeds 70 percent faster than today’s gold standard, the Oshkosh M-ATV
  • A modular design that can be quickly and efficiently outfitted for a full range of missions
  • Banks 866T, 6.6 Liter Turbo Diesel Engine, based on GM Duramax architecture
  • Fully transportable by air or sea, such as Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Sikorsky CH-53 Stallion and Boeing CH-47 Chinook
  • Network ready and VICTORY compliant – Vehicular Integration for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)/Electronic Warfare (EW) Interoperability
  • Superior ride quality

 

Five M-ATV Variants

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is offering five Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants to meet a full range of mission requirements for armed forces around the world.

The Oshkosh M-ATV Family of Vehicles defines performance for MRAP class vehicles
The Oshkosh M-ATV Family of Vehicles defines performance for MRAP class vehicles

Collectively, the battle-proven M-ATV Family of Vehicles offers the best combination of protection and off-road mobility performance for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special forces, counterinsurgency and conventional military operations. The M-ATV Family of Vehicles includes:

  • M-ATV Special Forces;
  • M-ATV Assault;
  • M-ATV Engineer;
  • M-ATV Command;
  • M-ATV Utility.

«Whether soldiers are mobilized for large force-on-force wars, unconventional conflicts, or routine security operations, militaries require tactical vehicles that will allow them to carry out their mission in any environment, climate or threat level», said Bill Mooney, regional vice president of Middle East and North Africa for Oshkosh Defense. «The common fleet of the Oshkosh M-ATV Family of Vehicles optimizes fleet readiness and maintainability while providing versatility for even more mission capabilities».

The global M-ATV platform achieves industry leading off-road performance with the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system. The TAK-4 independent suspension system delivers exceptional mobility in places where off-road terrain and unpaved roads dominate the landscape. The latest generation Oshkosh M-ATV provides response, improved ride quality, and support capabilities to soldiers for a range of offensive and defensive missions across a wide range of environments.

Oshkosh Defense combines the latest technologies to develop an advanced Core1080 crew protection system, to achieve proven best-in-class performance and protection. From blast mitigation, advanced suspensions and drivetrains, integrated C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and beyond – the Oshkosh Core1080 comprehensive approach increases survivability and gives soldiers the confidence they need as they complete their missions outside the wire.

To date, Oshkosh Defense has received orders for nearly 10,000 M-ATVs from the U.S. military and Middle East armed forces.

Tactical Ambulance

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, introduced its MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Extended Wheel Base Medical (EXM) variant at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015, taking place February 22-26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV EXM to provide off-road mobility and MRAP-level protection to military medics on ambulatory missions in high-threat environments.

Dual-rear hatches minimize a medic’s exposure to threats, and the efficient litter assist system allows patients to be secured and loaded in less than two minutes
Dual-rear hatches minimize a medic’s exposure to threats, and the efficient litter assist system allows patients to be secured and loaded in less than two minutes

«There is no mission more important than keeping troops safe, including the medics and their patients on the battlefield», said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. «An increasing number of troops and medics are suffering injuries – often life threatening – while trying to deliver care and evacuate the injured in commercial-based ambulances. The Oshkosh M-ATV EXM combines best-in-class off-road mobility with a life-saving crew protection system for urgent medical care in landscapes that are too rugged for other ambulances».

The Oshkosh Defense M-ATV EXM provides urgent evacuation capabilities while shielding patients and medics from enemy fire. The M-ATV’s lightweight ramp and unique «easy glide» system can load two litter-bound patients – on any NATO-standard litter – in less than two minutes. The tactical ambulance has enough interior capacity to simultaneously transport two litter-bound patients, two ambulatory patients, a medic, commander and driver. The M-ATV EXM’s customizable internal configuration also enables equipment to be accessed quickly by a centrally positioned medic. The vehicle supports standard MRAP Medical Equipment Sets (MES) and requirements such as a universal mounting system, secured storage units, and Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) mounted storage bags.

The M-ATV EXM is a variant of the Oshkosh Defense M-ATV Family of Vehicles, which includes two multi-mission models – the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended. The M-ATV Standard model provides response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments, and the M-ATV Extended model delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support multiple mission profiles. M-ATV EXM delivers gold-standard off-road mobility and optimal protection against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other battlefield threats. Oshkosh’s proprietary TAK-4 independent suspension system provides superior ride quality, including a smoother drive in rough terrain to enable better patient care and preserve the longevity of medical equipment. The M-ATV’s crew protection system is designed for today’s most prevalent threats and can be customized to deliver the highest standards of MRAP-level protection. Furthermore, the M-ATV EXM’s silhouette is the same as the other M-ATV Extended Wheel Base variants, which prevents it from standing out as an obvious target in theater.

The M-ATV EXM is a fully functional ambulance with a flexible work area for a full suite of medical equipment and ample room to effectively treat patients
The M-ATV EXM is a fully functional ambulance with a flexible work area for a full suite of medical equipment and ample room to effectively treat patients

 

Oshkosh M-ATV EXM

Mission enablers

Purpose-built military ambulance with complete access to patients and medical equipment.

Fully customizable design for medical equipment.

MRAP-level protection and unmatched mobility for medical evacuation operations.

 

Features

  • Fully protected, single compartment crew capsule
  • Integrated blast protection
  • TAK-4 independent suspension system
  • Accommodates two crew members, one medic, two ambulatory patients and two litter-bound patients
  • Centrally positioned medic with easy access to patients and medical equipment
  • Vinyl floor covering in medic area is easy to clean and sanitize
  • Customizable work area supports standard MRAP Medical Equipment Sets (MES) with a universal mounting system
  • Dual-rear hatches with mechanical spring assist reduces opening size and minimizes load and close procedures
  • Loading ramp with forward locking mechanism glides and secures any NATO-standard litter into position
  • Complete all load, secure and close procedures for both litters in less than two minutes
  • Similar silhouette to other M-ATV Extended Wheelbase variants reduces the risk of medic crews becoming targets
  • Underbody Improvement Kit (UIK) integrated into EXM design
  • Optional Oshkosh-provided Gunner Protection Kit (GPK)
M-ATV Extended Wheel Base is designed with an extended wheelbase that delivers more capacity while maintaining high levels of protection, performance and agility to achieve the mission
M-ATV Extended Wheel Base is designed with an extended wheelbase that delivers more capacity while maintaining high levels of protection, performance and agility to achieve the mission

 

General Characteristics

Engine:                                             Caterpillar C7, 7.2 L, 276 kW, 1254-N-m

Transmission:                              Allison 3500 SP/6-speed automatic

Transfer Case:                             2-speed, full time 4-wheel drive with locking differential

Axles/Suspension:                     Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system

Tires:                                                 16.00R20

Seating Capacity:                       7 soldiers (5 seated troops and 2 litter-bound patients)

Vehicle Curb Weight:              16,500 kg/36,300 lbs

Payload Capacity:                      2,000 kg/4,400 lbs

OGPK (Objective Gunners Protective Kit) Turret-Ready: Turret ring and gunner sling with 360° rotation

Suspension (Durability) Profile:        70% off-road/30% on-road

CTIS (Central Tire Inflation System):        2 channel system • 4 terrain settings with integrated driveline lock-up control