Oshkosh Delivers JLTV Prototype


Oshkosh Defense delivered its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototype for the next phase of government testing to replace the outdated Humvee.

The Aug. 7 ceremony occurred as the Pentagon prepares to open the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program. Oshkosh Defense is scheduled to deliver another 21 JLTV prototypes this month.

Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin and AM General were awarded EMD contracts for the JLTV program in August 2012. The three defense companies have until 2014 to build their prototypes for testing. So far, the joint Marine Corps and Army program has avoided cuts brought on by massive defense spending reductions under sequestration.

Oshkosh officials maintain that their JLTV prototype will deliver unprecedented levels of mobility, survivability, transportability and life-cycle value for the JLTV program.

“The JLTV will fill a vital capabilities gap in the military’s light vehicle fleet and protect our men and women in uniform for decades to come,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense, in a recent press release. “The Oshkosh JLTV solution we are now submitting for government testing transforms the concept of what a light vehicle can be – merging key design aspects of high-performance tactical vehicles and highly survivable combat vehicles. The result is a new level of protected mobility in a light platform.”

Oshkosh also builds the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle, a platform that has seen extensive combat in Afghanistan.

Prototypes being delivered include a four-door multi-purpose variant and two-door utility variant. They also feature Oshkosh’s TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system and a digitally controlled Duramax engine designed to power through steep inclines and deep desert sands, Oshkosh officials maintain.

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  • blight_

    Sell ’em to Law Enforcement, they need JLTV’s to supplement their Camaros, Bearcats and army surplus V-150/M-113’s…

  • Lance

    Chris did a mistake JLTV are supposed to only replace HUMVEEs in overseas units HUMVEEs are to remain for base and state side use for long time to come.

    • Harry Voss

      HUMVEEs Corp plus AMC was sold to China Last year. All parts will be supplied by the Chinese.

      • FormerDirtDart

        AMGeneral, which make HMMWVs was not sold to China, and AMGeneral will be making parts for the HUMMER brand, in the US, as they always have, which is what was bought by a Chinese company from General Motors.
        AMGeneral has never been part of the General Motors Corporation (GMC)

  • Ben

    And how much will one of these cost to buy and maintain compared to a humvee?

    • Sword707

      If it proves to offer a high chance of survival for those on the frontlines when they run overa IED should the price really matter?

      When we’re talking about improving the chances of someone coming back home, I say ‘f’ the price. I’m pretty sure a mother/father, wife, son/daugther would care less as long as their love one comes back home safe and sound.

      That’s how I see it.

      • Ben

        That’s very honorable, but unfortunately honor doesn’t pay the bills.

        Price matters because we have a finite budget (despite what some leaders would like to believe) and a force to maintain with said budget. If we end up buying the JLTV for double the price then we’ll only be able to afford half as many without increasing the already massive defense budget.

        Better to find more creative, less costly solutions. Or, you know, don’t start and endless war and unnecessarily put our troops’ lives on the line more than they absolutely have to be.

      • Lance

        Bull dont send utility vehicles to do a APCs job.

    • Tad

      Good point. And how much did the Humvee cost to buy and maintain compared with the Willys Jeep?

    • A-aron

      Not near as much as the amount of lives that have been damaged and taken from being in a humvee. When you drop the standard you risk lives.

  • WOW! A new jeep! Nice!
    That’ll sure help defeat the goat herders carrying AK-47s and RPG-7s in the places where the brown people live.

    But it doesn’t look nearly expensive enough… try adding some lasers, a jacuzzi and a 12′ neon sign that flashes ‘usa#1’ every 5 seconds.

    I’m sure the Saudis. Chinese and Japan will lend you some MORE money, usa, to buy a few tens of thousands of those… plus a few hundred of the $28m stealth version that weighs 16 tons and has an en suite bathroom!

    More new toys, usa?

  • tnr3

    I’m sure everything is great. Thanks to the hard working Americans who built it. But is there any way to drop the word “joint” from the name? The Joint Strike Fighter has already soiled that name, the same way Lewinski did with “intern”.

  • hibeam

    Oshkosh Defense delivered its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The Amputee Wagon as it’s known in the field. Props in the Air. Just say NO to Boots on the Ground.

  • jamesb

    Just in time for the pullout from Afghanistan?

    • Iknowit

      Hah! Just what I was thinking.. So in the next conflict this new truck won’t be right and we can start a new one!

  • hibeam

    This is what a drone looks like when it is sitting on the ground full of Americans ready to be made into victims by a bearded lunatic on a bicycle.

  • hibeam

    Oshkosh Delivers JLAW Prototype. Joint Light Amputee Wagon. “With Drones our guys administer a one sided beating all day long, with these things full of victims the bad guys get to play catch up”

  • oblatt1

    50,000 worth of truck and 450,000 worth of waste.

  • usmc#1

    wow maybe yall should do some research cause these have been out for some time and a very reliable against ieds !

    • Iknowit

      Really? They just delivered a prototype?

  • Douglas M. Waggoner

    I’d like to get an up close and personal look. I’d like to see if the grill is an intentional aiming point for the enemy. And, just how it works for our side.

  • Garry Owen

    Wonderful… more expensive toys for the overseas ground troops. 10 years and 6,000 wasted lives later, Iraq is still a politically unstable shit hole with Afghanistan soon to follow in its footsteps. We didn’t learn from Korea, we sure as hell didn’t learn a damn thing from Vietnam, and no doubt there are still those who think we should keep pokin’ our noses in everybody’s business as the world’s once and forever “guardians of freedom”. So keep making more overpriced pieces of shit to ferry the next generation to another pointless overseas liberation crusade. Meanwhile… our border remains as porous as ever and our country continues to go down the toilet economically.

    • John Doe


    • Ben


    • Hiemie

      Well written! What happened to all of the Americans that still stand for our flag and what it represents. We are becoming a minority.

    • Ben

      Mmm. Yeah. Slinging nukes around against a disguised, non-uniformed organization that lives within huge innocent populations. That couldn’t have any unforeseen consequences.

  • DisabledCombatVet

    Wow, such vehemence from obviously out-of-harms-way free-speechers! Let us consider that lives are worth WAY MORE THAN metal, shall we? If we need boots on the ground then they need protection. If we could just send over toys to do the work of men and women, then do so, but don’t criticize the US for doing what is right for everyone to have the ability to pursue happiness, freedom, and safety. YOU go invent a better robot to be controlled by our military and we won’t need these “toys”.

    • hibeam

      Turn on your TV. Watch Fox news. We are turning bearded lunatics into whiskery red splotches with our drones. Meanwhile these silly jeeps sit all lined up somewhere doing nothing useful. The commander in golf is too timid, but that is old news.

    • Ben

      And how is keeping a full conventional army stationed in Afghanistan a good decision? There are estimated to be less than 100 Al-Qaeda operatives left in the entire country. We’re just big, expensive, obvious targets.

      • Iknowit

        So no doubt spend whatever on all other govt programs too, huh? Or just the ones you like only?

        • Ben

          Nope. Small government, non-imperialistic military. Libertarian.

    • Bob O.

      you nailed it, the only cry babies are the armchair Senators. Not the 11 bravos.
      We should spend some tax dollars on re-vamping the VA too. Over 50,000 deaths by suicide post V. N.

  • Ted Taylor

    Cry as much as we want for the troops. All one has to do is add more explosives and their new vehicle is trash. Look at the video of the M1-A1 going up 30 feet. Have a draft of all kids when we want to kill someone and then we might think twice before putting boots on the ground or jets in the air.
    Democracy is not meant for everyone. Every time we try to promote democracy, lots of people die and we leave them worse off than before.

  • Notmyname

    $500,000 for a 20,000 lb “lightweight” vehicle
    For comparison, a 1944 Willy’s Jeep weighed 2200 lbs and cost $650 ($8600 in 2013 $)

  • Praetor

    And what about that 3000 MRAPs?

  • hibeam

    You left off the wings and missiles. And we don’t need men inside the damn thing. Ya trying to get people killed? It’s 2013 for chris sake. Try to keep up.

  • NavyVet

    When our past Presidents refuse to do their jobs, IE take Bin laden from Saui Police, our military is left to deal with war. Thanks President Clinton! Our Military is the Bravest bunch of people in World. It’s sad that every hero lost in war is because politicians refuse to do their jobs.

    • blight_

      You’d have zero soldiers lost if the US caved all the time like Chamberlain. Peace in our time…until you can’t bend anymore. Under Churchill, more British soldiers got killed than under Chamberlain. Does that make the latter a better PM?

  • T Johnson

    I work on a base where they are being tested and trained on – they are noisy enough to hear almost a mile away. They are too big to replace the HUMVEE in my opinion and any enemy that they go up against will hear them in plenty of time to either move or set an ambush. It looks like somebody has sold the Army a handful of magic beans again!

  • A Toolguy

    They make a nice big target.

  • nate

    ahh they who have no answers cast the stone ,they who never had the balls to serve other then at olive Garden

  • hibeam

    So I can climb over IEDs in that thing over in Dirtbagastan or I can blow up bearded lunatics while flying a drone from Las Vegas? Tell me more about the drone option.

    • Jim

      The drones were hurting them so bad they went to our press and of course the world press to try to stop them and suprise it worked. Our Liberal media helped them enemy and we drastically reduced or drone strikes.


  • steeldriver

    Humvee s are outdated and a death trap. They where developed as a all terrain vehicle with no armor, when you strap 15 tons of armor onto a all terrain half ton truck chassis there will be problems. The gunners where exposed and the vehicle was not protected from the rear. The engines, transmissions, where going out every couple hundred hours. the front of the Humvee was not meant for pushing anti IED devices down a road or pushing another vehicle. It would just push the radiator into the fan. We had several new versions but none lasted. the floors where barley armored. I have known several people to die in these. Just like the new battle tank to replace the m1a2 its time to get a new tactical vehical that isn’t so heavily armored and top heavy it cant leave the road without getting stuck or if it rains it sinks in the road. to all those posting on here who have never been to a war zone, keep you’re opinions to yourselves or volunteer to serve and learn the hard way why humvees are a bad idea.

  • William_C1

    Is that their JLTV in the image or their MRAP ATV? Looks rather bulky even compared to the up-armored HMMWVs.

  • John
  • Wilson

    How about just keeping the Billions already spent on MRAPS. Mail them back to the states. We already have the infrastructure in place. We can’t even support the one’s we have. I’m in Afghanistan right now and we DON’T need this vehicle! Hell your pulling out the RG-31s out now. Just keep them. Come on, Use some common sense for a change.

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  • Slappy

    Same thing as the MATV. 40 .lbs of Ammonium Nitrate and I will crack that thing in half and kill everyone riding in it. Oh wait, they are already doing that now because the MRAP designed for Iraq cannot go way up in the mountains or muddy river valleys in Afghanistan. Solution lighter MATV/JLTV. I say let the fucks that design these death traps ride in them for a year in Afghanistan on route clearing patrols. Put then right out front and lets see if they will even leave the FOB.

  • Brian B Mulholland

    The comment on the noise level of the prototypes is interesting. Still, a fight with insurgents on their turf is the likeliest kind of war we’re going to see in the near term future, and air power – drones or otherwise – isn’t really going to replace boots, and wheels, and tracks, on the ground.

  • docingram

    very nice vehicle. should do a great job until they add more explosive to the ied. we do need this type of vehicle, hope we get more. the duramax engine is a fantastic eng., i have owned one, depending on the trans. it gets. pushing vehicles is strictly against the policy of all military vehicles. i am sure some ding dong will drive it as fast as possible and get killed in it, then we will have another set of rules. if we can understand what the basic mission is for the vehicle and not load it down w/ laundries, kitchen equip., rat pak, generator and any other thing someone can think of. it appears that it will need lots of fuel and there is not much onboard.

  • OD375

    Entirely too late. DoD and the NCA are responsible for making us ride unarmored Humvee’s from Desert Storm to recent. I hope those guys rot in _ _ _ _! We lost some wonderful men and women because of those inept military commanders and politicians.

    • Growing Annoyed

      Historically, armies have been riding in unarmored vehicles since the inception of the chariot..
      Now, compensating for your utter ignorance, I may have let you get by if had you whined about the occurrence since World War II.
      But you didn’t.
      So, move along now you buffoon.

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