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On Time Delivery Of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

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: 05 May, 2010  (Application Story)
The US Army and Marines have taken delivery of prototype JLTV equipment from BAE Systems and Navistar Defense prior to stringent testing program
On Time Delivery Of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
BAE Systems, through its US Combat Systems line of business, teammates Navistar Defense and ArvinMeritor, are proud to announce an on-time delivery of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototype vehicles to the US Army and Marine Corps. The prototypes will undergo a 12-month rigorous government test and evaluation period as part of the JLTV Technology Development (TD) phase.

The BAE Systems – Navistar – ArvinMeritor team handed over seven JLTV prototype vehicles and four companion trailers to the US Army in a ceremony last week at the Navistar Defense productions facility in West Point, Miss. The mix of vehicles included two JLTV Category A General Purpose vehicles, four JLTV Category B Infantry Carriers, one Category C Utility Carrier.

In January 2009 Australia entered into a Land Force Capability Modernization (LFCM) Project Arrangement (PA) for the TD phase of the JLTV program, enabling tactical vehicle interoperability and integration between US future forces and Australian land forces. In support of the Australian Department of Defence, the team is now focused on completing the build of three additional variants and a companion trailer that will be delivered in June. These vehicles are designed to be highly compatible with the US variants, ensuring interoperability between forces, yet tailored specifically to meet the needs of the Australian troops.

“Our rich history and extensive experience with combat vehicles has allowed us to develop a JLTV family of vehicles design that represents a balance between performance, protection and payload,” said Ann Hoholick, vice president and general manager of New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems for BAE Systems. “We have invested heavily in the development of the technology and capabilities that a platform like JLTV could provide to the modern day soldier.”

The JLTV design incorporates lessons learned from the US Department of Defence's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program and features the latest in lightweight, advanced Armour and a V-shaped hull design to provide maximum crew protection.

“The BAE Systems - Navistar - ArvinMeritor team brings a balance of military, production and automotive experience to the program,” said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defence. “We work hard to provide vehicles that are safe to operate and survivable against current threats. We also understand that our design needs to be flexible so it can evolve ahead of future threat levels.”

The team builds off the three companies’ current leadership in armoured and tactical vehicle development and support. Combined, the BAE Systems - Navistar – ArvinMeritor team maximizes JLTV program value through proven capabilities, lean manufacturing and extensive worldwide logistics support.

The team draws on top talent from across the country. Sites participating in the development include: York, Pennsylvania; Ontario, San Diego and Santa Clara, California; Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights and Troy, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Johnson City, New York; Austin, Texas; Nashua, New Hampshire; Reston, Virginia; Melrose Park and Warrenville, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; West Point, Mississippi; Huntsville, Alabama; and Laurinberg and Aiken, South Carolina.

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