D he dice have been cast: from the last remaining bidder trio Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin and AM General, Oshkosh has been awarded the contract by the US government agencies. Oshkosh Defense from Wisconsin can look forward to a huge billion-dollar contract. The Oskosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) will gradually replace the HMMWV off-road vehicle (colloquially Humvee), the military version of the Hummer, in the US military.
The HMMWV has had its day
The restructuring was necessary not only because of the age of the Humvee fleet (the first models entered service in 1983), but also because of the limited capabilities of the vehicle. On the one hand, the HMMWV is designed as an unarmored vehicle, on the other hand it is extremely maintenance-intensive and prone to repair. And he uses too much. In addition, retrofitted armor drastically reduced its off-road capabilities. These shortcomings should change a new generation of vehicles.
The Oshkosh JLTV is a good deal larger than the Humvee. By winning the tender, Oshkosh has now also announced details about the JLTV. The vehicle has a height-adjustable suspension with an adjustment range of 508 millimeters. Due to the adjustability, the JLTV can be lowered for transport and raised in the area. Not only is the body armored, the seats are also secured against explosives, there is also an automatic fire extinguishing system.
Oshkosh JLTV with over 300 hp
The Oshkosh JLTV is powered by a good one Friends: General Motors supplies the 6.6 liter V8 diesel with the name Duramax, which delivers up to 305 hp and 705 Newton meters of torque. The diesel giant usually drives the large pickup trucks from Chevrolet and GM, and it was developed together with Isuzu.
The Oshkosh JLTV has a few special features to offer. A permanently installed generator, which is presumably powered by a methanol-powered fuel cell, can be used as a power source. Various cameras, including those with infrared visibility, are installed. Various communication systems including satellite telephony are available and protected against external interference.
In a first tranche, Oshkosh will initially deliver around 17,000 JLTV vehicles to the various categories of the US military. The contract, which runs until 2020, has a total of 6.7Billion dollars. If the JLTV meets the requirements, there will be a follow-up order for over 55,000 vehicles with a total value of 30 billion dollars.