The US Army just awarded Oshkosh Defense (no relation to the children's jeans co., we hope) a contract for $6.7 billion for 17,000 JLTVs that could end up being worth up to $30 billion. They plan to produce 54,600 vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.
Along with being faster than the old Humvee vehicles, the JLTV has armor plating, the "Core1080 Crew Protection System," which is optimized for the types of IEDs and other explosives that made the Humvee a liability in certain areas of operation. The Army will start rolling in the JLTV in 2018, with the Marine Corps following in 2022.
Brett Williams is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor. He just wants one ride.
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