Testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle reached a milestone yesterday when the vehicle passed 145,000 miles.
Army and Marine units based at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., and Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., continue to put the vehicle through its durability paces.
Through a joint partnership with BAE Systems Global Tactical Systems, Alcoa Defense and JWF-Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin led the team to develop a fleet of multipurpose vehicles eventually intended to replace the Humvee.
The team designed 10 variations of the vehicle, including the Combat Tactical Vehicle and Combat Support Vehicle. Both vehicles are designed for multiple uses and accommodate companion trailers. The technology development phase of the program is expected to wrap up in May.
“Reaching 145,000 combined testing miles shows that our vehicle design is mature and robust, and can stand up to the harsh conditions in which they will operate,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Our commitment to performance is equal to our commitment to affordability, and those qualities will only improve as we continue to optimize our design for an engineering and manufacturing development proposal later this year.”
In November 2010, BAE Systems announced a $8,500,000 contract for three Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and one companion trailer.