The U.S. Marine Corps’ Systems Command and Program Executive Officer Land Systems will launch a harvesting plan in 2019 to upgrade one of the service’s new tactical vehicles while saving costs.
The Marine Corps said Wednesday the two commands will initially equip two variants of Oshkosh’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle with the Gunner Protection Kit, which will be removed from existing High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.
The harvesting strategy will help the Marine Corps possibly save over $100 million.
Kevin Marion, a logistics management specialist for MCSC, stated that the effort will leverage a proof of principle conducted last spring to develop an installation guide for the JLTV harvesting effort.
The proof of principle involved removing a Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield from a HMMWV and harvesting it on a JLTV.
The JLTV will replace the HMMWV fleets of the Marine Corps and Army to address concerns in payload, performance and protection capabilities.