Lockheed Martin celebrated the delivery of 22 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Aug. 14 under the JLTV programís Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract.
JLTV team members marked the milestone during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Dallas. The vehicles will be transferred to the Armyís Yuma Test Center in Arizona and to Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, where Lockheed Martin will support a 14-month period of government evaluation and testing.
Our team has produced a highly capable, reliable and affordable JLTV for our customers,î said Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. These vehicles will meet the toughest demands of our Soldiers and Marines. They deserve our best, and thatís precisely what we delivered.
After rolling up more than 160,000 combined test miles in the programís Technology Development phase, the Lockheed Martin JLTV was selected for continued development through a $65 million EMD contract from the Army and Marine Corps in August 2012. Lockheed Martin designed its JLTV specifically to meet stated customer requirements for the program, rather than trying to adapt an existing vehicle. The result is a lighter, more blast-resistant and more agile vehicle.
The Lockheed Martin JLTV is designed to be a total solution ñ engineered from the ground up to balance the ìiron triangleî of protection, performance and payload while maintaining affordability. The vehicle provides greatly improved crew protection and mobility, lower logistical support costs, superior fuel efficiency, exportable power-generation with substantial margin for future growth, and state-of-the-art connectivity with other platforms and systems. A Meritor Pro-TecTM air suspension system contributes to outstanding off-road performance while minimizing crew fatigue.
BAE Systems is responsible for the JLTVís geometrically enhanced protection system, a design that enables levels of blast protection never before achieved in this vehicle class, and for vehicle final assembly.
For more than three decades, Lockheed Martin has applied its systems-integration expertise to a wide range of successful ground vehicles for U.S. and allied forces worldwide. The companyís products include the combat-proven Multiple Launch Rocket System M270-series and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System mobile launchers, Havoc 8×8, Common Vehicle, Light Armored Vehicle-Command and Control, Warrior Capability Sustainment Program, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and pioneering unmanned platforms such as the Squad Mission Support System.