The JLTV or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is a new programme, being developed specially for the US Army and Marine Corps to replace the ageing HMMWV utility vehicle. Currently a number of companies are competing to win this programme. It is worth mentioning that the HMMWV design is over 25 years old.
The HMMWV was not designed to be an armored combat and patrol vehicle, however it has been employed as one. In contrast the JLTV has been specifically designed with patrol and combat missions in mind. It is expected to be more survivable from insurgents attacks, but will be as mobile as the HMMWV.
Vehicle will have two armor configurations for protection against RPGs, landmines and artillery shell splinters. The JLTV will be fitted with two run-flat tyres and will keep going with the fuel tank or engine oil reservoir damaged by the small arms fire.
The JLTV light utility vehicle will also have a greater payload. There are three payload capacities, with a maximum payload of 1.6 t, 1.8-2 t and 2.3 t. Vehicle with the smallest capacity will provide seating for 4 occupants, middle - for 6 men and the highest payload variant will be used as a shelter carrier. It will be also capable of towing a trailer with the same payload and speed to match.
The JLTV light utility vehicle will be powered by a diesel-electric hybrid engine. Vehicle will be transportable by the CH-47 Chinook or larger helicopters and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
This light utility vehicle will be available in five armored versions and a number of non-armored versions. Versions will include reconnaissance vehicles, command vehicles, troop carriers, ambulances and general purpose utility vehicles.