October 28, 2012. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
Oshkosh Corporation has begun production of its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle. The L-ATV was selected for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase, and was exhibited at last week’s AUSA show in Washington.
Oshkosh Begins Work On HMMWV Replacement, Navistar Highlights Special Operations Tactical Vehicle
The JLTV program aims to replace many of the U.S. military’s aging HMMWVs with a lightweight vehicle that offers an optimal balance to protection, performance and payload for the joint forces. Oshkosh’s JLTV provides that optimal balance and enables unmatched off-road mobility while meeting stringent transportability and protection requirements, the company notes in its press release. The L-ATV can accept multiple armor configurations, allowing the vehicle to easily adapt to operational requirements, it adds. “The L-ATV also applies the Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system to provide significantly faster speeds when operating off-road, which can be critical to troops’ safety,” the release pointed out.
Meanwhile, Navistar Defense, LLC showcased three tactical vehicles at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibit. The Special Operations Tactical Vehicle for the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 competition, the Indigen Armor Non-Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) and the International MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle – Performance Kit (MRV-PK) demonstrate the latest in vehicle technology, according to the firm.
More from their news release:
“The Special Operations Tactical Vehicle and the NSTT are both designed to incorporate scalable armor packages to meet multiple threat levels encountered by special operators. The two vehicles share more than 60 percent vehicle commonality and are engineered to carry large payloads at off-road racing speeds in the roughest of mission terrain. Each vehicle can be integrated with a full government furnished Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite.”