As the U.S. Army advances the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to fill a critical capabilities gap for ground operations, Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has presented a JLTV solution with unprecedented protected mobility. The Oshkosh JLTV solution, the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), leverages unmatched depth of experience designing, integrating and sustaining vehicles for missions outside the wire.
Oshkosh is displaying its JLTV solution this week at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
“The Oshkosh L-ATV redefines the future of light tactical vehicles – merging key design aspects of highly survivable combat vehicles and off-road tactical vehicles to operate in a wide range of threat levels and terrains,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “In fact, independent testing proves that the Oshkosh L-ATV provides the same ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s industry gold standard for off-road mobility, the Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).”
Oshkosh delivered 22 JLTV prototypes to the government in August for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The Oshkosh JLTVs were produced following Oshkosh's standard development process, whereby initial variants were prototyped and remaining trucks were produced on a warm production line.
Oshkosh’s manufacturing facilities operate on lean principles with a mature, disciplined quality management system tailored for military vehicles and systems integration. The Oshkosh JLTV prototypes are undergoing 14 months of robust military testing, and Oshkosh will provide vehicle training and support throughout the testing.
“From design concept to manufacturing, the Oshkosh JLTV solution was developed with soldiers’ needs in mind,” Bryant said. “Since day one, we’ve managed cost as a key technical parameter to optimize the total life-cycle cost of our JLTV.”
Using the Oshkosh TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system, the Oshkosh JLTV solution delivers unprecedented levels of off-road mobility for a light vehicle. The vehicle achieves a 25 percent improvement in independent wheel travel over the most mobile vehicles currently fielded, allowing for faster speeds and new levels of ride quality in off-road environments. The TAK-4i system expands on the success of the Oshkosh TAK-4 system, which has been used on more than 20,000 military vehicles and given Warfighters greater mobility in rugged landscapes like those found in Afghanistan.
Leveraging its experience with armored vehicle platforms like the Oshkosh M-ATV, Oshkosh designed the L-ATV’s crew protection system to be scalable and accept multiple armor configurations to protect soldiers from continually evolving battlefield threats.
Source: Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)
Date: Oct 22, 2013