"I have great faith in the balance of the American people, and I take great comfort in knowing that as we are able to articulate what this threat is really about, that the American people will continue to stand side by side and behind us, and that we will be given the resources ... to fight this war."-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, speaking during a Pentagon news conference on October 24, 2006.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to Replace HMMWV
What is it? The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles (FOV) is a Joint Services program to augment and eventually replace selected High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). The program will focus on improvements in mobility, force protection, survivability, various payloads, reliability, transportability and connectivity, while minimizing the logistics footprint when supporting dispersed operationally ready units.
Attributes of the JLTV FOV will be adaptive levels of force protection and survivability for personnel and materiel; lethal and non-lethal fires and effects in support of ground maneuver; and ready access to joint command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance throughout the land battle space.
What has DoD done? The Army awarded two Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator contracts in FY06 for purpose built demonstrator Utility Vehicles to inform the Army on the "art of the possible" in available tactical vehicle technology. The USMC has awarded a contract for trade studies of current Tactical Wheeled Vehicle technologies and a contract for a demonstrator Combat Tactical Vehicle. The Army has also conducted a Platform System Demonstration to inform the Army of candidate platforms with potential to meet future requirements for JLTV and other tactical wheeled vehicles, to inform near-term improvements in the tactical vehicle fleet, and to inform requirements.
What are the next steps? A capabilities development document for the the vehicles is expected to be approved in the second quarter of the 2007 Fiscal Year. Contracts for the System Development and Demonstration phase should be awarded not later than the second quarter of the 2008 Fiscal Year.
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