The U.S. Army has placed a $106 million order for another 416 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits with Oshkosh Defense, according to a company news release. This is the eighth order for JLTVs since U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) awarded the company a $6.7 billion firm-fixed-price production contract in August 2015.
The contract included a base contract and eight option years covering both three years of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and five years of Full Rate Production (FRP) as well as sustainment services, and could cover almost 17,000 JLTV vehicles for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Recent orders included 748 JLTVs in August, 611 in September, and 258 vehicles in December 2017.
The JLTV program comprises a family of vehicles based on a two-seat and a four seat-variant, and also includes a companion trailer (JLTV-T). The two-seat variant has one base vehicle platform, the Utility (JLTV-UTL). The four-seat variant has two base vehicle platforms – the General Purpose (JLTV-GP) and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC).
“The JLTV program, currently in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), remains a top priority as we continue testing in support of a Full Rate Production decision in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19),” said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “Working closely with our government customer, we have completed Reliability Qualification Testing, accumulating over 100,000 miles, and have exceeded reliability requirements.”
The JLTV program expects to equip the first Army unit by mid-FY19. Both the Army and Marine Corps expect to achieve Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in early FY20.