Oshkosh wins the 6.7 Billion Humvee replacement contract of the three JLTVs manufacturers of high tech vehicles that competed for replacing the Humvee. The iconic Humvee was fine for the purpose in the European Turrein when it was built in the 1980s but has become outdated and inadequate.
For the rugged terrain of war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq it proved to be insufficient to protect the troops from IEDs and too bulky for the purpose protection and maneuverability.
Over 250,000 of the Humvees were requisitioned. The Army is planning to begin with an order of 20,000 JLTVs and the Marines 5000 .
Below Are three videos of the three contender.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle – JLTV
The Oshkosh® TAK-4iTM intelligent independent suspension system* is the next generation of the world’s most advanced, combat-proven suspension system TAK-4. TAK-4i provides Warfighters with unprecedented maneuverability and a smoother ride to reduce fatigue after traveling the world’s toughest terrains.
• 70% faster off-road speeds than today’s gold standard TWV
• 20 inches (508 mm) of usable wheel travel for improved off-road mobility
• Adaptable suspension can be raised and lowered to meet transportability requirements using interior controls
• High-performance brake solution to provide exceptional stopping and grade holding capability
• Unprecedented levels of off-road performance
THE AM GENERAL JLTV
Blast Resistant Vehicle – Off road (BRV-O) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) candidate, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) was presented at the Defense Exhibition, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., Oct. 13-15, 2014
The BRV-Os that are currently engaged in LUT include a four-seat variant Combat Tactical Vehicle in three different configurations and a two-seat variant Combat Support Vehicle to support different mission roles across the full spectrum of military operations.
BRV-O’s crew capsule and modular armor have successfully completed all requirements for force protection in blast tests, and provide protection levels similar to much heavier and less mobile Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
Operationally, if armor is damaged in future combat situations, its separate components can be readily replaced while remaining in the area of operation. This will dramatically reduce the time and cost associated with higher-level repairs.
BRV-O also uses a new lightweight, fuel efficient and high performance diesel engine developed and manufactured by AM General. Additional features include a self-leveling suspension system, electronic braking and stability control, robust on-board power resources, and a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power.