Monday, May 09, 2016

This is what we call a Joint Lightweight Tactical Vehicle?

via Oshkosh Press Release.
Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, will feature its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX), taking place May 10-12 in Amman, Jordan. The Oshkosh JLTV is the next-generation light tactical wheeled vehicle with an unprecedented combination of protection, mobility, transportability, and net-ready systems integration that delivers the network capability of a mobile command center.
“The JLTV will replace a large portion of the aging uparmored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) fleet to fill a capability gap in light vehicle fleets,” said Bill Mooney, regional vice president of Middle East and North Africa for Oshkosh Defense. “Our vehicle will give soldiers the next-generation light tactical vehicle with greater protection, transportability, and off-road mobility.”
Weighing less than 6,350 kg at curb weight, the JLTV maintains MRAP levels of protection. The JLTV uses the TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system, the next-generation of Oshkosh’s advanced TAK-4® independent suspension system, to deliver 25 percent improved wheel travel while providing improved ride quality for soldiers.
Additionally, the TAK-4i can be raised and lowered using interior operator controls to meet sea, air, and land transportability requirements. The JLTV can be air transported internally by a C-130, C-5 and C-17, or externally by CH-47 and CH-53.
Dude!  Our new JLTV is just under 7 tons!  That's what we call lightweight now?  Consider the MTVR for comparison sake.  Via Wikipedia...
MK23  cargo truck  [1]Weight12,610 lbs (curb w/fuel); 14,199 lbs/30,000 lbs (payload off-road/primary  secondary roads)Length7.998 mWidth2.49 mHeight3.18 m (cab; reducible for transport)Crew2

The JLTV weighs as much at the curb as this truck!
That my friends is our primary logistics vehicle and prime mover for artillery!  Who the fuck wrote the requirements, who approved them and why did the Marine Corps
buy this bloated ass vehicle!

Its almost like someone wants to put the Ground Combat Component out of business.

Kinda explains why its damn near impossible to get dimensions on the JLTV....people would start asking serious questions if they had information on the latest purchase by the US Army and Marine Corps.

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