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Army, Marine Corps to Test Oshkosh-Built JLTVs in 2017

humvee1The U.S. Army and Marine Corps plan to conduct tests on Oshkosh Defense-built Joint Light Tactical Vehicles over the next year at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and other military sites across the country, the Army News Service reported Wednesday.

Gary Sheftick writes up to 10 vehicles will undergo maneuverability and automotive evaluations during 2017.

Oshkosh Defense, which won the a potential $6.7 billion Humvee replacement contract in August 2015, delivered the first seven JLTVs to the Army and Marine Corps last month.

The two service branches also plan to evaluate the vehicles for cyber integration of command, control, communications and intelligence at Fort Huachuca’s Electronics Proving Ground in Arizona.

Separate tests for automotive performance will also occur at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and at the Cold Regions Test Center on Fort Greely in Alaska.

Col. Shane Fullmer, project manager for the JLTV program, said the Army expects to determine what types of weapons to be installed in the vehicles over the next few months.

The JLTV features chassis designed to resist underbelly blasts and a suspension system built to navigate off-road conditions, according to Sheftick’s article.

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