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After refining requirements during a two-year Technology Development phase for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Army developers are poised to conduct a full and open competition geared toward formal production, service officials said.

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, will be a next-generation light vehicle designed to bring Soldiers an unprecedented blend of protection, payload and performance, said Tim Goddette, director of Sustainment Systems.

The Technology Development, or TD, phase for JLTV development, completed this past May, successfully demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to meet a wide range of requirements, including fortified improvised explosive device, or IED, protections designed to withstand blast attacks, off-road mobility, variable ride height suspension, exportable power and essential command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C4ISR, capabilities, Goddette said.

The 27-month phase included prototype vehicles from three teams of vendors: BAE-Navistar, Lockheed-BAE and General Tactical Vehicles (General Dynamics and AM General).

“The purpose of the TD phase was geared toward refining the requirements in order to demonstrate the JLTV’s ability to meet the designated capability gaps,” Goddette said. “The program has succeeded in identifying and proving out those areas of needed development — and now the Army is analyzing what trade-offs might be required in order to best pursue an acquisition strategy that both lowers costs and delivers this needed capability to Soldiers.”

The competitive prototyping and extensive testing pursued during the TD phase was designed to match technological capability with the vehicle’s requirements and lower risk for an anticipated production phase, Goddette said.

“We demonstrated that every one of the requirements was achievable,” Goddette explained. “We’ve learned that some trade-offs are necessary to pursue an overall strategy that best synchronizes requirements, resources, mature technologies and a cost-reducing acquisition strategy.”

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