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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): Background and Issues for Congress

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV is being developed by the Army and the Marine Corps as a successor to the High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicle HMMWV, which has been in service since 1985. On October 28, 2008, awards were made for the JLTV Technology Development TD Phase to three industry teams 1 BAE Systems, 2 the team of Lockheed Martin and General Tactical Vehicle, and 3 AM General and General Dynamics Land Systems. On January 26, 2012, the Army issued the Request for Proposal RFP for the JLTVs EMD phase. Up to three EMD contracts could have been awarded, and contract award was scheduled for June 2012. The period of performance for EMD contracts was 27 months, with the overall EMD phase scheduled to last 33 months. Vendors would be required to provide 22 JLTV prototypes for testing 12 months after contract award. The target cost for the base vehicle is 250,000 excluding add-on armor and other kits. On August 22, 2012, the Army announced the award of three firm-fixed price JLTV EMD contracts totaling approximately 185 million. The three companies awarded the EMD contracts were AM General, LLC South Bend, IN Lockheed Martin Corporation Grand Prairie, TX and Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh, WI. On September 3, 2013, the Army began JLTV testing at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD Yuma, AZ and Redstone Arsenal, AL. The Army planned to select a single vendor by 2015, with the first Army brigade being equipped with JLTVs by 2018. FY2015 program plans anticipated a Milestone C Production and Deployment Phase Approval decision in the fourth quarter of FY2015, followed by Low Rate Initial Production LRIP. In June 2014, the Army issued a draft RFP for the JLTV Full-Rate Production Phase. The Secretary of Defense conducted an interim review of the JLTV program and found it is likely to meet all eight key performance parameters.

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