JLTV prototypes on display at pentagon
Onlookers examine a JLTV prototype in the pentagon courtyard

ARLINGTON, Va. (June 3, 2010) -- The Army and Marine Corps displayed three newly-built government prototypes of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, in the pentagon courtyard May 27 as part of an effort to demonstrate progress and pave the way toward additional testing of the vehicles, service officials said.

"Up to this point all we have had is power point slides. Now we have actual hardware that we can show to the Army, Marine Corps and the Australians -- our international partner. We can now show that we are able to meet the requirements," said Col. John Myers, project manager, Joint Combat Support Systems.

The JLTV program is now gearing up for mobility, reliability, basic performance and survivability testing -- all slated to occur simultaneously. The reliability testing will take place at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., and the mobility, blast and performance testing will take place at Aberdeen Test Center, Md.

"We've already tested ballistic hulls. Now we will do full-up system tests against all the platforms -- both IED threats, side attacks and underbody blast tests as well as ballistic testing against fragments and bullets. It will be a mini live-fire test," said said Dean Johnson, Marine Corps deputy program manager, JLTV.

JLTV officials said the program was on cost and schedule.

Following a Milestone C production decision in 2013, the Army plans to purchase 55,000 JLTVs and the Marines plan to buy 5,500. Full production is slated for 2015, Army and Corps officials said.

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