Oshkosh Defense's L-ATV vehicle, which is being developed for the US military's JLTV programme. Photo Oshkosh Corporation.
11 July 2014 army-technology.com
Oshkosh Defense has completed net-ready testing for the light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV), which is being developed for the US Department of Defense's (DoD) joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) programme.
The testing was carried out at the Electronic Proving Grounds at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, US, which serves as the US Army's developmental test centre for command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence (C5I) capabilities.
Oshkosh Defense Programmes senior vice-president US Marine Corps colonel (retired) John Bryant said the testing highlighted the Oshkosh JLTV's capability to transfer critical data from onboard systems to external networks.
"This is another important milestone in what has been an exemplary procurement programme by the DoD, which will provide the protection and mobility our service men and women need for future missions," Bryant said.
JLTV solutions are needed to support the execution of operational activities and information exchanges identified in the DoD's enterprise and architecture, and also the transition to net-centric military operations.
Oshkosh has developed and delivered 22 JLTV prototypes as part of the programme's $56.4m engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract, awarded by the US Army in August 2012. In addition, the company is providing vehicle training and support.
Manufactured on the Oshkosh's active manufacturing line, the JLTV prototypes include a four-door multipurpose variant and two-door utility variant.
Both versions feature common crew protection and advanced automotive systems, as well as the patented Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system, which provides enhanced levels of protection and off-road performance in a light vehicle.
The JLTV programme is aimed at replacing the US Army and Marine Corps' fleet of ageing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), which have been in active service for more than 25 years.
Lockheed Martin and AM General are the other two companies bidding for the JLTV contract.