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22 February 2015

IDEX 2015: Lockheed Martin Team’s JLTV Restores Protected Mobility

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is being developed by the US Army and the Marine Corps as a successor to the High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which has been in service since 1985. The US Department of Defense (DoD) determined that a more capable vehicle was needed to restore the protected mobility that was lost as the HMMWVs were heavily up-armoured in an attempt to provide more protection to the vehicle occupants. The vehicles have also been constrained by attempts to increase payload, provide some level of power generation, and incorporate integrated, net ready and information-assured C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) architecture.

The Lockheed Martin Team’s JLTV is far more than just a truck. It is a fully integrated combat tactical system that meets today’s requirements and was designed with the future in mind. It offers MRAP levels of crew protection, substantial increase in performance and payload, as well as greater reliability, outstanding fuel efficiency, and lower operations and sustainment costs.

The Lockheed Martin JLTV Team consists of a number of highly respected companies with decades of military vehicle production experience. Partner BAE Systems has produced over 100,000 tactical combat tracked and wheeled vehicles, and provides the JLTV’s occupant-centric protection system. A robust Cummins 4.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine provides greater displacement than many V6 engines, yet returns superior fuel efficiency. A highly reliable Allison 6-speed transmission completes the drive train. And a rugged independent air bag suspension system, provided by Meritor, delivers superior ride quality while maximizing ground clearance with an innovative “adjustable ride height” feature.

Government testing proved our JLTV meets protection standards for IED-protected vehicles with margin, and restores cross-country maneuver for Marines and Soldiers,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We started this program from a blank sheet of paper and purposefully designed a vehicle to meet or exceed the specific JLTV program requirements, rather than taking an existing vehicle and trying to force-fit it into the requirements. The result is a vehicle that precisely aligns to the customers’ stated protection and mobility needs.”

The Lockheed Martin Team’s JLTV also features an innovative Power Generation Exportable Power solution instead of an alternator, providing vehicle power of up to 25kW today, and expandable to as much as 75kW in the future. That power generation capability is crucial as the need for on-board power continues to rise for the warfighter. Additionally, the team’s JLTV is designed to be easily expandable and reconfigurable, anticipating that future needs of the users will continue to evolve.

We will deliver an exceptional vehicle to the U.S. Government at the right price,” Greene said. “Our JLTVs have almost half-a-million combined testing miles to date, and our performance in the testing phases of the program has been outstanding. We are eager to provide our Soldiers and Marines with the best possible vehicle.”

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #2/2015, available at the show and on booth #C1 10-11. 

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