Lock­heed Martin’s JLTV rolls off assem­bly line

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The fi­nal Lock­heed Martin joint light tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cle (JLTV) pro­duced for the pro­gramme’s en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and de­vel­op­ment (EMD) phase has rolled off the assem­bly line, join­ing a fleet of pre­vi­ously com­pleted ve­hi­cles that will be de­liv­ered to the US Govern­ment test­ing and eval­u­a­tion this sum­mer.

The Lock­heed Martin team pro­duced a to­tal of 22 JLTV test ve­hi­cles, which were man­u­fac­tured at BAE Sys­tems’ Sealy, Texas, man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity, a world leader in the pro­duc­tion of mil­i­tary and se­vere-duty wheeled ve­hi­cles. De­liv­ery to the US Army and Marine Corps for long-term test­ing and eval­u­a­tion is sched­uled for Au­gust 22.

“Lock­heed Martin is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our soldiers and Marines with a ve­hi­cle of un­equalled ca­pa­bil­ity and de­pend­abil­ity, and one that is af­ford­able both to buy and to op­er­ate,” said Scott Greene, Vice Pres­i­dent of ground ve­hi­cles for Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol. “We are ex­cited to get th­ese ve­hi­cles into the hands of the cus­tomer. Early break-in test­ing is un­der way, and we are con­fi­dent that our JLTV de­sign will serve our ser­vice­men and women well.”

Fol­low­ing suc­cesses in the pro­gramme’s tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment phase, the US Army and Marine Corps awarded Lock­heed Martin a $65-mil­lion con­tract in Au­gust 2012 to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing JLTV through the EMD phase. Ini­tial tests demon­strated that the Lock­heed Martin de­sign pro­vided blast pro­tec­tion equiv­a­lent to much larger mine-re­sis­tant ve­hi­cles in ser­vice to­day.

The Lock­heed Martin JLTV bal­ances the “iron tri­an­gle” of pro­tec­tion, per­for­mance and pay­load while main­tain­ing af­ford­abil­ity. Com­pared to gen­eral-pur­pose ve­hi­cles cur­rently in ser­vice, it will pro­vide greatly im­proved crew pro­tec­tion and mo­bil­ity, lower lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port costs, su­pe­rior fuel ef­fi­ciency and sta­teof-the-art con­nec­tiv­ity with other plat­forms and sys­tems. The team’s cur­rent JLTV de­sign main­tains the proven force pro­tec­tion, trans­porta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of the ear­lier Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment model, while sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing weight and cost.

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