The Lockheed Martin [LMT] team April 21 said its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) has achieved 100,000 miles in the government’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) testing.

In August 2013, Lockheed Martin delivered 22 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for EMD testing, which continues through the fall.

AM General and Oshkosh Corp. [OSK] are competing with Lockheed Martin on the 

program. All three companies delivered test vehicles to the Army for the 14 months of government evaluation and testing at Yuma Test Center, Ariz., and Aberdeen Test Center, Md. (Defense Daily, Aug. 8, 15). 

JLTV Photo: Lockheed Martin
Photo: Lockheed Martin

RAM testing involves a combination of primary on-road, secondary road and rigorous off-road/trail driving. Since the JLTV program began in 2007, the Lockheed Martin team’s JLTVs have compiled more than a quarter of million miles for all vehicle testing.

“Our JLTV continues to demonstrate excellent reliability,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With this 100,000-mile milestone now in our rear-view mirror, we look forward to continue proving to our Army and Marine Corps customers that our JLTV delivers the most capability at the right price.”

The Lockheed Martin JLTV team was formed in 2005, and includes BAE Systems, as well as Allison Transmission [ALSN], Cummins Engine [CMI], L3 [LLL] Combat Propulsion Systems, Meritor Defense [MTOR], Robert Bosch LLC and Vehma International of America.

The Lockheed Martin team’s JLTV is systems-engineered to provide the crew protection of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, while returning crucial mobility, reliability and transportability to Soldiers and Marines. A patented Meritor Pro-TecTM all-independent air-ride suspension brings unprecedented agility and off-road mobility to this class of vehicles, while the dependable Cummins turbo diesel and Allison transmission combine abundant power with exceptional fuel efficiency. Rounding out the vehicle’s portfolio of capabilities are an exportable power-generation with substantial margin for future growth, and state-of-the art connectivity with other platforms.