Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)

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Product Type:

Light Tactical Vehicle

Using Service (US):

Army and Marine Corps (USMC)

Program Status:

Currently in LRIP Phase

Prime Contractor:

Oshkosh Corporation

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)

About the JLTV:

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is a joint program currently in development for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The JLTV will replace the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) aka the Humvee, which is the current light tactical vehicle used by the U.S. military.

The advent in Iraq and Afghanistan of remotely-controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) took its toll on the fleet of unarmored flat-bottom HMMWVs, thus creating the need for a new light tactical vehicle with better protection. The HMMWV was never designed to withstand IED or mine blasts. HMMWV up-armoring through the addition of armor plates has provided increased crew protection, however, the increased weight has reduced the vehicle's payload carrying capacity, maneuverability, off-road mobility, and air transportability.

The JLTV concept is based on a family of vehicles focused on scalable armor protection and vehicle agility, and mobility required of the light tactical vehicle fleet. The JLTV will provide defensive measures to protect troops while in transport, increase payload capability, and achieve commonality of parts and components to reduce the overall life cycle cost of the vehicle. The JLTV project seeks to optimize performance, payload, and protection of the vehicle and crew while ensuring a design that is transportable by CH-47 Chinook, CH-53E/K, and C-130 Hercules and larger military transport aircraft.

There are two main JLTV variants based upon a common 21,000 lbs gross weight platform, a two-seat Combat Support Vehicle (CSV) and a four-seat Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV), as well as a companion trailer. The CSV variant has one base platform, the Utility, with a payload capacity of 5,100 lbs. (2) The four-seat CTV variant has two base vehicle platforms, the General Purpose (GP) and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (CCWC), with a payload capacity of 3,500 lbs. Base vehicle platforms may be further equipped with multiple mission package configurations, such as the CSV Shelter Carrier and the CTV Heavy Guns Carrier. Vehicles will be powered by a 300 horsepower diesel engine.

In October 2008, the U.S. Army awarded the three industry teams BAE Systems, General Tactical Vehicles (General Dynamics-AM General), and Lockheed Martin Technology Development (TD) contracts to design and fabricate prototypes for testing and evaluation. In June 2010, the three industry teams began delivering their prototypes for testing at the Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, and the Yuma Test Center in Arizona.

On August 22, 2012, three $65 million contract awards were made for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the JLTV program. Contracts were awarded to AM General, LLC (manufacturer of the HMMWV), Lockheed Martin (teamed up with BAE Systems), and Oshkosh Corporation (manufacturer of the U.S. Army Family of Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles FMTV/FHTV and the MRAP M-ATV). Under the terms of the contract, the companies each had to deliver 22 prototype vehicles within 365 days of contract award for testing and evaluation.

On August 25, 2015, in its largest contract award in years, the U.S. Army selected Oshkosh Corporation to build the JLTV. Oshkosh will receive a $6.7 billion contract for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase. Oshkosh was selected over HMMWV-maker AM General and Lockheed Martin.

The Army plans to purchase 49,099 JLTV production vehicles from FY 2015 through FY 2035. The Marine Corps plans to purchase 5,500 JLTV production vehicles from FY 2015 through FY 2022. The JLTV entered the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase in FY 2015 and is expected to be approved for Full Rate Production (FRP) in FY 2019 with Initial Operational Capability (IOC) scheduled for December 2019.


Some JLTVs will be equipped with weapons such as machine guns and the BGM-71 TOW II missile system.

JLTV Production Forecast:

A 15-year JLTV production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year JLTV production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Military Vehicles Forecast service.


As a light tactical vehicle, the JLTV will be capable of performing multiple mission roles, and will be designed to provide protected, sustained, networked mobility for personnel and payloads across the full range of military operations.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - JLTV DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), AM General, Oshkosh Corp.,
and Lockheed Martin Corp.

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