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JLTV

Light protected vehicle

JLTV

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle was developed to replace the HMMWV

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service Expected in 2018
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3-5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) ?
Maximum load 1.6 ~ 2.3 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ~ 1.9 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed over 120 km/h
Range over 640 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The JLTV or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is a new programme, initiated to partially replace the fleet of ageing HMMWV utility vehicles. The new vehicle is intended specially for the US Army, Marine Corps and Special Forces.

   Currently the HMMWV design is now over 25 years old. Also recent military conflicts revealed the lack of protection of the HMMWV. The HMMWV was never designed to be an armored combat and patrol vehicle, however for a number of years it has been employed as one. Also it is not well suited for counter-insurgency warfare. Even its uparmored versions, such as M1114 and M1151 are very vulnerable to landmines and RPG-style anti-tank rockets.

   In contrast the JLTV has been specifically designed with patrol and combat missions in mind. It is better protected and more survivable than a HMMWV. Yet it is still as mobile.

   A number of companies were competing to meet requirements of the JLTV programme. In 2015 a modified version of Oshkosh L-ATV was selected as a winner. It is planned that low-rate initial production will begin in 2016 and full-rate production will begin in 2019. First operational vehicles are planned to be delivered in 2018.

   The Oshkosh L-ATV is a lighter, smaller and nimbler version of the Oshkosh M-ATV mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. Worth noting that the M-ATV is currently used by the US troops.

   This vehicle can accept multiple armor configurations. It can be easily adapted to changing operational requirements. It has a high level of protection against landmines, that is comparable to that of the MRAP vehicles. It withstands underbelly blasts. Also it provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and RPGs.

   The JLTV has a greater payload capacity than the HMMWV. There are three main versions, with a maximum payload of 1.6 t, 1.8-2 t and 2.3 t. Vehicle with the smallest payload capacity provides seating for 4 passengers (including the driver), middle - for 6 men, and the highest payload variant will be used as a shelter carrier. This vehicle is also capable of towing a trailer with the same payload.

   A baseline JLTV carries no weapons. However it can be armed with a roof-mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. Alternatively it can be fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station. In this case weapons are operated remotely under armor protection. The JLTV can be also used as a platform to carry anti-tank or anti-aircraft weapons.

   The JLTV is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine. There is also an option for hybrid diesel-electric engine that is more fuel efficient. Also the engine has a capability to export electricity, however this feature is also optional. Vehicle uses Oshkosh intelligent independent suspension system for faster off-road speeds. This tactical vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can travel over difficult terrain. The JLTV is fitted with two run-flat tyres and will keep going with damaged fuel tank or engine oil reservoir.

   Vehicle can be airlifted by the CH-47 Chinook or larger helicopters and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

   It is planned that the JLTV will be available in five armored versions and a number of non-armored versions. Versions will include reconnaissance vehicles, command vehicles, troop carriers, ambulances and general purpose utility vehicles.

 

 
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