JLTV testing begins, programme on schedule
Full-pace, full-scope testing of the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) prototypes began on September 3 and will last for 14 months. Each of the three vendors – Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin and AM General – delivered 22 vehicles and six trailers for testing to three sites – Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Yuma, Arizona; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Rigorous reliability testing over various terrains and in different weather conditions and protection-related testing is being conducted, said Colonel John Cavedo, the Joint Program Office Manager.
The programme is still on track despite this year’s sequestration and the continuation of continuing resolutions, but if budget issues are not resolved by next year, Cavedo said he could not rule out a slip in the schedule.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep the programme on track,” he said, emphasising the importance of the programme to meeting asymmetrical threats like those experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan.