Oshkosh Defense will provide the US Army with 416 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), under a contract awarded by the service last Friday, February 2. Valued at $106.3 million, the agreement also includes the delivery of 832 kits, which include installation and packaging kits. Work will take place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is expected to be complete by March 2019.
The JLTV publicly emerged in 2006. Early government documents noted: “In response to an operational need and an aging fleet of light tactical wheeled vehicles, the joint services have developed a requirement for a new tactical wheeled vehicle platform that will provide increased force protection, survivability, and improved capacity over the current [up-armored HMMWV] while balancing mobility and transportability requirements with total ownership costs.”
The JLTV program (including numbers required and pricing) evolved considerably as the program developed. Oshkosh Defense was selected as the winner of the JLTV program on 25 August 2015 and awarded an initial production contract for up to 16,901 JLTVs. To date, Oshkosh has delivered more than 1,000 JLTVs