Oshkosh Defense L-ATV Achieves Key Milestone in JLTV Program Testing
Oshkosh JLTV solution successfully completes Limited User Testing with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today that its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) successfully completed Limited User Testing (LUT) with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.
“Our completion of the Limited User Testing milestone reinforces Oshkosh’s proven ability to design and build vehicles based on decades of experience and a true appreciation for those who will ultimately operate the JLTV,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Our JLTV solution draws upon real-world experience gained from supporting the ground operations that our Soldiers and Marines perform every day. In fact, no other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has launched and supported more successful tactical wheeled vehicle production programs than Oshkosh.”The completed LUT focused on the JLTV system capabilities, functions, operations and interfaces in a range of simulated tactical environments. It also covered operator and crew level preventive maintenance for the entire JLTV system, ensuring operators could proficiently and safely operate the JLTV during test and evaluation. The Army user testing was conducted in September and October. Three of the tests were held as 96-hour cycles meant to simulate operational missions, and one of the tests incorporated a live fire demonstration. The Marines similarly completed two test cycles in October and November, including one with a live fire demonstration.
Oshkosh was prepared for the Limited User Testing and provided its vehicles ahead of the test schedule. Before the start of the Army and Marine Corps testing sessions, Oshkosh provided 40-hour New Equipment Training courses with the Soldiers and Marines operating the JLTVs. Separate configurations were required for the Army and Marine Corps’ LUT, and Oshkosh refurbished its testing vehicles to ensure mission readiness.
TWV Experience Provides a World-Class JLTV Without the Risk
Oshkosh also recently announced the completion of Production Readiness Review (PRR) for the JLTV EMD contract, demonstrating that the company is prepared to manufacture world class JLTVs on its established production line. Employing lean processes, flexible assembly lines and rigorous quality checks, Oshkosh has a history of delivering tactical wheeled vehicles on schedule, on budget, and with industry-leading quality. In early 2013, the company produced its JLTV EMD prototypes on the same active and proven production line used for its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and many other platforms.
The L-ATV’s lightweight, compact design leverages over a decade of research and development, as well as decades of field operating experience to deliver an unprecedented combination of off-road mobility, survivability, speed and reliability. It merges key design elements of highly survivable combat vehicles and off-road tactical vehicles to operate in an extensive range of threat levels and terrains. Independent testing proves that the L-ATV delivers superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top-performing tactical wheeled vehicles.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK].
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About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®,McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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