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Race for the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Is On

Race for the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Is On

One of these three finalist will be the military's new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle...

The hunt for the Army’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle has finally entered the closing stages. The 7-year competition to develop the new armored lightweight vehicle now has just three finalists, AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense, each of which will receive $30 million to perfect their design before the final selection.

The JLTV will be the military’s next-gen ground vehicle boasting the speed and maneuverability of the classic Humvee coupled with the bomb-resistant properties of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP), but at half the weight, and a fraction of the price.

The $14 billion project involved a 7-year competition, which initially started with designs from BAE, General Tactical Vehicles and Lockheed Martin. It then saw a round of crowd-sourcing entrants, before settling on three finalists.

AM General

Being the manufacturers of the original Humvee, AM General were expected to develop a strong candidate. Its entrant, the Blast-Resistant Vehilce (BRV-O) , borrows some design from its much-loved older brother.

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AM General BRV-O JLTV


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AM General BRV-O JLTV

Image Credit: AM General, 2012.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is well known for its advanced aerospace technology, so its candidate making the final was a little surprising.

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Lockheed Martin JLTV


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Lockheed Martin JLTV Variants

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin, 2012.

Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, known for developing heavy trucks, also made it to the final round with its design, the Light Combat All-Terrain Vehicle, or L-ATV.

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Oshkosh L-ATV JLTV


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Oshkosh L-ATV JLTV

Image Credit: Oshkosh, 2012.

The winner will be announced in 27 months time. Once selected, the design will go into production with the Army wanting up to 50,000 trucks and the Marines 5,000.



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  1. David Axe: One of These Trucks Will Be the Army’s New $14B Ride. Danger Room, Wired, 08/23/2012.
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