The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is taking action to fill a critical capability gap in its tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) fleet by advancing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, submitted its proposal today in response to the U.S. Government’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for JLTV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP). Oshkosh’s JLTV proposal addresses the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ need for a lightweight, highly-mobile, net-ready vehicle with unprecedented levels of protection for our nation’s Warfighters on the modern battlefield.
“Our troops deserve the best vehicle and technology our Government can provide, and no other company serves this mission more effectively than Oshkosh,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Our JLTV proposal reflects Oshkosh’s heritage of building high performance tactical vehicles, and an unparalleled commitment to providing our troops with the most capable and reliable JLTV at an affordable price.”
Oshkosh’s JLTV Family of Vehicles (FoV), based on the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) platform, includes both four-seat and two-seat variants to execute a full spectrum of missions – in any climate or terrain. The Oshkosh JLTV is equipped with the Company’s TAK-4i™ independent suspension system to provide superior off-road mobility, maneuverability and ride quality. TAK-4i provides 25 percent more usable wheel travel and 70 percent faster speeds in off-road terrain compared to today’s best-performing TWVs. In addition, the Oshkosh JLTV FoV uses a digitally-controlled engine, which maintains steady, fuel-efficient power without sacrificing the acceleration and cruising speed that Warfighters need in high-threat environments.
“Every aspect of the vehicle—inside and out—is optimized for the Warfighter in anticipation of future environments and threats. Our JLTV is simply the most capable, reliable light tactical vehicle that’s ever been built,” said Urias.
According to John Bryant, senior vice president of Domestic Programs at Oshkosh Defense, protection, transportability, off-road mobility and communications are all major factors on the modern battlefield. “Our JLTV is built to give our troops the technological edge from start to finish – getting them to the fight, helping them win the fight, and getting them back home safely.”
The Oshkosh JLTV FoV merges key design elements of highly survivable combat vehicles and off-road tactical vehicles to operate in high threat environments and some of the world’s toughest terrains. It features the Oshkosh Core1080™ Crew Protection System, an occupant-centric, comprehensive development approach that increases survivability by protecting the crew and optimizing readiness. The Oshkosh JLTV also brings critical network and computing capabilities to the full spectrum of ground missions. Oshkosh has a unique combination of vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise and extensive in-house Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and systems capabilities to deliver a fully integrated, net-ready JLTV FoV.
Oshkosh Defense has manufactured and sustained more than 150,000 TWVs for the U.S. DoD and its allies. In November 2014, Oshkosh completed the Government’s Production Readiness Review (PRR) for the JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract, demonstrating that the Company is fully prepared to manufacture world class JLTVs on its established production line. Employing lean processes, flexible assembly lines and rigorous quality checks, Oshkosh has a history of delivering TWVs on schedule, on budget, and with industry-leading quality. In early 2013, the Company produced its JLTV EMD prototypes on the same active and proven production line used for its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and many other platforms.
Source: Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)
Date: Feb 10, 2015