The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is meant to be everything the Humvee is not: It’s designed by Oshkosh Defense to withstand the ground-based IED attacks early on in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that had forced Humvees to armor up, reducing payloads and performance, and slowing brigades to a crawl. With a modular design to accommodate armor plating fit for an MRAP, Oshkosh hopes the first 600 JLTVs, set for fielding by the Army and Marine Corps in early 2019, will represent a quantum leap forward for the Department of Defense’s light truck fleet.
It's s not just Army and Marine Corps commanders who are amped to replace their beaten-up old Humvees with Oshkosh Corp’s shiny new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle: Both the Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command are reportedly angling to add the multipurpose combat vehicles to their arsenals in in the coming year.
Have you ever found yourself driving around in your boring car, daydreaming about whipping down the highway in a Humvee, with the sun on your face and wind in your hair? Well, apparently you can. All it takes is a couple thousand dollars, a massive driveway, and maybe some mild experience in mechanics.
The era of the Humvee is over. On Aug. 25, the Army announced the winner of the production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the program that will replace the Humvee, officially called the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle in both Army and Marine Corps service.