During a recent press event at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, select journalists were able to learn more about the military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

The 12-month testing program is designed to test several prototypes from competing private contractors before a final decision is made.

“We’ll say, ‘OK, did we get it right or did we ask for a bridge too far in requirements?'” said Army Lt. Col. Wolfgang Petermann, Army JLTV program product manager.

Some journalists were able to ride in two different JLTV prototypes, but the real world scenarios that will push the JLTV cannot be easily duplicated. For example, the JLTV needs to be sturdy enough to absorb small arms fire and explosion impacts, but remain tactical and quick.

During testing at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Yuma Proving Ground, the Army will test the JLTV’s mobility and blast testing. Reliability and performance will also be analyzed by military researchers, as they look for design problems that should be fixed now.

The JLTV is supposed to have the same safety standards as the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which is what the U.S. military is interested in using to protect against IEDs. The U.S. Army plans to purchase 55,000 JLTVs while the Marines will purchase just 5,500.

At least three different JLTV prototypes are being designed, with categories determined based on curb weight and carrying ability. The prototypes weigh between 13,000 and 15,000 pounds, with 5,100 to 9,500 pounds of armor and cargo support.

Source: Michael Barkoviak for Daily Tech.

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