Nearly six months after Marines first got their hands on the Pentagon's next battlewagon, the Corps says its brand new tactical vehicle is ready for a fight.
The service's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, has hit initial operational capacity, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Monday, declaring the vehicle ready to deploy and "support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness" around the world.
The Pentagon's purchase of $1.69 trillion worth of major weapons systems has been riddled by cost overruns, delays and other problems reflecting poor oversight, the Government Accountability Office said in its annual survey of Defense Department acquisitions.
The secretary of the Army said today that the service could not rule out future cuts to the service's new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program — a vehicle that he said was essentially designed for the last war, not the next.
The Army's new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle offers the smoothest ride and the most creature comforts of any tactical vehicle they've driven before, soldiers told Task & Purpose. But officials say Army leadership is worried that its next-generation Humvee replacement might be too comfortable.
"For leadership, the ride is so smooth it brings its own concerns," 1st ABCT spokesman Maj. Pete Bogart told Task & Purpose. "My wife has a brand new Volkswagen Atlas, and it does so much for you, you often forget you're hurtling down the highway in a several-thousand-pound vehicle.
"Leadership wants soldiers to remember that they're in a tactical vehicle," he added, "not a Nissan Altima."