JLTV Stays On Track Until Summer

JLTV Stays On Track Until Summer

The Army officer leading the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to delay testing in the first year of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the program.

Col. John Cavedo, the JLTV’s joint program manager, explained Wednesday that the testing schedule for the EMD phase will continue as planned before managers re-evaluate the pace next summer, according to multiple reports. It’s a move that stands in the face of the decisions made by many other program managers to push back testing and development cycles in hopes of keeping programs alive as Congress and Pentagon budgeteers search for savings inside the defense budget.

The JLTV program was supposed to develop the vehicle that would eventually replace the Humvee. Those initial goals have since been slimmed down to match budget realities. At one point, it appeared that the Pentagon was instead leaning toward instead upgrading the current Humvees.


The Army and Marine Corps have since pared down the requirements for the program and similarly the price per vehicle to $250,000. However, the Marine Corps has wavered in its commitment after Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said his service would have to re-evaluate its position in the program because of the sequestration budget cuts.

Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin and AM General are the three companies who are leading teams in the competition and received EMD contracts to deliver prototypes for testing. The three companies have since delivered the 22 JLTV prototypes.

Cavedo made his comments in Texas on Wednesday at a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s facility where company officials celebrated the delivery of the 22 prototypes well before the deadline. Executives have long said it would not pose a significant challenge to deliver the prototypes on time.

Cavedo pointed out that the JLTV program remains at risk to sequestration. He explained that reductions to the program’s funding cut into the test program. He also said the program will need additional funding next summer or be forced to impose delays.

In January, the Army announced it would extend the Technology Development phase of the Ground Combat Vehicle program — one of the Army’s top modernization priorities — by six months and reduce the number of contracts issued for the engineering and manufacturing development phase from three to one.

Many expected a similar fate for the JLTV program to which company executives for Oskosh, Lockheed Martin and AM General said they didn’t expect a delay to cause serious damage to the program. Instead, the program will remain on schedule for the first year of the EMD phase.

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IS this really necessary? Replacing a huge fleet of JEEPS? Let them be. It’s just to move people around bases. The war is ending, the next one is at least 15–20 years away (the US finds a reason to invade a country every 15–20 years, see it as a life fire exercise). You have leaking ships, an Air Force that needs lots of investment etc. Let the horse carriages age a little longer. No need to replace anything. Those thousands of now obsolete MRAPS will do just fine. Those aren’t ‘throw away’ items.

Jeeps aren’t being replaced.
Jeeps haven’t been in service for a decade or more.

YOU ARE SOOOOO RIGHT AS I DROVE IN FT, DIX LAST WEEK A HUGE PARKING LOT FULL OF VEHICLES JUST SITTING THERE BAKING IN THE HOT SUN. I THINK THEY DRIVE THEM AROUND THE BASE JUST TO KEEP THE GEARS OILED. THOSE EXTRA FUNDS COULD BE BETTER SERVED AT THE MEDICAL TREATMENT CENTER SINCE THERE HAVE BEEN HUGE CUT BACKS THERE ONLY 2 DOCTORS WERE ON STAFF REALLY!!! I WAITED 30 DAYS FOR AN APPOINTMENT. AS USUAL THE RETIREES ARE GETTING THE BIG SHAFT.

Exactly. over 10k Mraps and god knows how many HMMWV’s. This has to be one of those ‘low hanging fruits’ that have to be plucked in the name of budget cuts. Spend wisely gentlemen.

Sure, Jeep is folk speak for SUV, 4x4. Meant that.

Id say we why we need a larger slower vehicle than the HUMVEE which is too BIG and heavy to began with. They are too BIG bulky and heavy for a true light recon tactical vehicle. This is all done because Generals are so stupid they send a HUMVEE to do a APCs job.

Think this was more Pentagon pork in trouble now like ICC was. We dont need a new BIGGER and heavier HUMVEE type truck. We need more funds for training and keeping troops sharp not replacing vehicles cause some general doesn’t like its looks.

“Spend wisely gentlemen” you are kidding right?? The agency that cannot account for two trillion dollars of tax payers money and you expect them to spend wisely.

I’m sure those WASP higher ups wasted (stole/funneled to their friends) billions of dollars. Hey, it’s a wash! But I cannot believe in 21st century America, TWO TRILLION is unaccounted for. A sixth of your economy back then. A bit much. But indeed, I’ve heard/read about it.

There’s only one Jeep…and then there’s everything else.

(1) DoD knows where it spent its money. Nothing is missing. The big bruhaha is about its books not being standardized across all the military services and defense agencies, so it can’t all be pulled together easily.

(2) That’s different than the money being spent unwisely or foolishly. $60 billion for MRAPS and now two-thirds will be scrapped. That alone says the military doens’t know what they’re doing and the Congress should SC any new program as unnecessary.

(3) The HMWWV’s are perfectly good. No need to replace them. Any new vehicle “requirement” arises from the perception we need a heavier “light” vehicle, since that has become the primary engagement vehicle for combat. Protecting our troops should be a major consideration, but not an overiding imperative. After all, if we’re afraid to engage a bunch of guys with home-made rifles and pickup trucks, or take any losses, that alone says we aren’t capable of taking and holding enemy terrain. Taking the enemy out — war — means getting OUT of your vehicle and fighting.

The weak area of the HUMVEE is it’s bottom. Simply “up armor” the bottom, beef up the engine and transmission to carry the extra weight, and roll out.

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