Oshkosh Defense announced on 1 July the award of a contract valued at $152 million (€129 million) for delivery of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), trailers and associated kits.
The order includes Oshkosh JLTVs, trailers and kits for the US armed forces and those of Lithuania, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Romania. Since winning the competitive JLTV contract in 2015, Oshkosh has built over 12,500 JLTVs, fielded vehicles to over 40 US and international military installations, and received commitments from eight NATO, allied and coalition partners – those of Belgium, Brazil, Montenegro and the United Kingdom, in addition to the above four.
“We’ve spent over 10 years developing our vehicle, followed by nearly six years of manufacturing the vehicle in both low-rate and full-rate production,” said George Mansfield, VP/General Manager of Joint Programs. “We’ve refined the manufacturing process, matured our robust supply chain, and fulfilled the light tactical vehicle capability gap in eight additional countries with our proven platform. No one else can say that. And we have no plans to stop building the Oshkosh JLTV anytime soon.” The US Army recently increased Oshkosh’s option ceiling under the current contract from 18,170 to 23,163 vehicles, to support critical missions worldwide.
“The JLTV provides unprecedented levels of off-road mobility, survivability, and hosted firepower on a light tactical vehicle platform. We had a busy spring and the momentum surrounding the platform continues to grow,” added John Lazar, VP/General Manager, International Programs.
In additional news, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has informed Congress of State Department approval for the potential sale of heavy military trucks to Kuwait, for which Oshkosh Defense will be the principal contractor. The value of the potential contract – which covers a total of 517 heavy tactical vehicles and includes associated trailers, equipment, spares and logistics support, is up to $445 million.