The Humvee has cemented itself into American and military culture. Now, its replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) — designed to replace Army and Marine Humvees in front-line service — is ready to roll out.
The JLTV is more durable and reliable than its predecessor. They’re also better built to withstand explosive blasts.
Some of the JLTV’s goods: a blast-deflecting hull, armored doors, energy absorbing floors and seats, automatic fire-suppression system and an armored capsule that’s designed to absorb explosions from all sides.
In a nutshell: it’s a safer and smoother transport for our troops.
Check out the JLTV in action in this clip from Oshkosh Defense.
The Army and Marines will start using JLTVs in early 2019. The new vehicles will replace about one-third of the military’s existing Humvee fleet.
Oshkosh beat out Lockheed Martin and AM General LLC for a DoD contract to provide 17,000 JLTVs for the Army and Marine Corps. The two branches now plan on purchasing around 55,000 JLTVs between them.