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.

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