The United States Marine Corps has received its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) at School of Infantry West (SOI-W), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on February 28.
The US Marines said the JLTV has higher up-time between missions, better suspension, and added protection from bullets and bombs to its occupants than its predecessor the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV/Humvee).
Fielding of JLTVs to operational forces is expected late summer this year.
“The JLTV gives you the same performance and payload capabilities as the original unarmored HMMWV, but also gives you better protection than an armored HMMWV without losing payload or performance,” said Andrew Rodgers, Light Tactical Vehicles program manager at PEO Land Systems.
“Unlike the HMMWV, the JLTV is a smart platform with a digital backbone,” said Eugene Morin, product manager for the JLTV program at PEO Land Systems. “In terms of readiness, the JLTV increases Marines’ communication capabilities and their ability to operate in any environment anywhere in the world.”