The U.S. Marine Corps plans to deploy 15,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles after the platform has achieved initial operating capability status, Military .com said Thursday.
Manufactured by Oshkosh Defense, JLTV platforms are built to protect warfighters and allow command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacities during operations. USMC initially planned to field 9,000 vehicles prior to its evaluation of the program. Additionally, the service branch seeks to use the vehicle to replace its High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle fleet.
"We subsequently completed the evaluation and presented the information to the commandant, at which time he concurred with replacing the remainder of the light fleet with JLTVs,” the Marine Corps cited in a statement.