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The US Army has started test­ing joint light tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cles (JLTVs) with a chas­sis that of­fers un­der­belly pro­tec­tion to sol­diers. Oshkosh De­fense de­liv­ered the first seven JLTVs in Septem­ber for test­ing at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. More than 100 JLTVs will be de­liv­ered to the US Army and Marine Corps for test­ing over the next year at a rate of about ten per month, the army said in a state­ment. Ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and au­to­mo­tive test­ing on the ve­hi­cles will be car­ried out at Yuma Prov­ing Ground in Ari­zona, the Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground in Mary­land, and the Cold Re­gions Test Cen­ter in Fort Greely, Alaska. These ve­hi­cles will also un­dergo test­ing for cy­ber in­te­gra­tion of com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­tel­li­gence at the Electronics Prov­ing Ground on Fort Huachuca, Ari­zona. The JLTV has nu­mer­ous vari­ants, in­clud­ing a gen­eral-pur­pose truck, a close-com­bat weapons or heavy guns car­rier, and a two-door util­ity pickup ve­hi­cle. The army ex­pects to shorten its orig­i­nal field­ing sched­ule by five years after the JLTV pro­gramme en­ters its full pro­duc­tion phase in 2019. The sched­ule re­duc­tion is ex­pected to save $6 bil­lion from pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates, ac­cord­ing to the army’s com­bat service sup­port pro­gramme ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Scott Davis.

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