Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, announced Monday that the US Army has placed Oshkosh Defense JLTV’s second-largest contract to date, valued at $ 911 million.
“The Oshkosh Defense JLTVs, along with a select group of NATO and non-NATO allies, are being delivered to the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Air Force. This is the second largest contract from Oshkosh Defense JLTVs, valued at $ 911 million, ”the press release said.
According to a company statement, the order includes 2,738 JLTVs, 1,001 trailers and related kits.
The Oshkosh Defense’s newest tactical vehicle – the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) – is designed for the future battlefield and has reconfiguration capabilities to meet the demands of the warfighter’s evolving mission requirements. It offers the world’s only lightweight tactical vehicle with protection, off-road mobility, network capability, and firepower options for maneuvering with combat formations.
“The men and women of Oshkosh Defense take great pride in their work,” said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Designing, building and delivering the world’s most powerful light tactical vehicle, the Oshkosh JLTV, is one of our greatest accomplishments. And we plan to keep building the Oshkosh JLTV for many years to come. “
As part of this order, 59 vehicles will be delivered to NATO and non-NATO allies – including Lithuania, North Macedonia and Brazil. As the industry’s leading manufacturer of tactical vehicles, Oshkosh Defense takes great pride in working with national and international customers to give the Warfighter the technological edge it needs at the best price. Oshkosh Defense strives every day to meet or exceed our customers’ ever changing needs with next generation defense technologies and advanced mobility systems.
The JLTV family of vehicles is designed to restore the payload and performance traded by light tactical vehicles to increase protection in recent conflicts, the Army said.
The JLTV, an addition and a replacement for the Humvee, is generally more powerful than the all-purpose vehicle from the 1980s.
The Humvee, which has been in production since 1985, qualified for a replacement for the Cold War era M151 jeep, but it was not without weaknesses exposed by contemporary warfare, particularly in armaments. The JLTV offers better protection and more versatility.
As of October 2020, Oshkosh Defense had built over 9,000 vehicles, out of the 15,000 JLTVs the U.S. Army bought.