Australien — BAE Systems Delivers Australian Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Prototypes

BAE Sys­tems – Nav­is­tar Defense – Arv­in­Mer­i­tor Team Deliv­ers Aus­tralian Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle Pro­to­types

ARLINGTON, Vir­ginia — BAE Sys­tems, through its U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems busi­ness, along with part­ners Nav­is­tar Defense and Arv­in­Mer­i­tor, deliv­ered three right hand dri­ve oper­a­tion con­fig­ured Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle (JLTV) pro­to­types in a cer­e­mo­ny on June 17 in West Point, Mis­sis­sip­pi. Each of these pro­to­types will be sent to Aus­tralia for dura­bil­i­ty test­ing that mutu­al­ly sup­ports both U.S. and Aus­tralia inter­ests.

Australian Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Prototype
Aus­tralian Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle Pro­to­type
The BAE Sys­tems — Nav­is­tar — Arvin Mer­i­tor Aus­tralian Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle (JLTV) is right-hand dri­ve con­fig­ured to meet the needs of Aus­tralian forces while main­tain­ing high lev­els of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the U.S. ver­sion.
Source: BAE Sys­tems

The BAE Sys­tems — Nav­is­tar — Arv­in­Mer­i­tor team hand­ed over a Cat­e­go­ry A Gen­er­al Pur­pose vehi­cle, a Cat­e­go­ry B Com­mand and Con­trol on the Move and a Cat­e­go­ry C Util­i­ty vehi­cle. The vehi­cles are designed to be high­ly com­pat­i­ble with the U.S. vari­ants, ensur­ing inter­op­er­abil­i­ty between forces, yet tai­lored specif­i­cal­ly to meet the needs of the Aus­tralian mil­i­tary.

“Our team has tak­en a user-cen­tric design approach that pro­vides the foun­da­tion for a future fam­i­ly of vehi­cles that can be mod­i­fied to meet the needs of our mil­i­tary as well as those of our glob­al allies,” said Ann Hoholick, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of New Vehi­cles and Amphibi­ous Sys­tems for BAE Sys­tems. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to improve and enhance our offer­ings as we receive feed­back from our mil­i­tary cus­tomers.”

In Jan­u­ary 2009, the U.S. and Aus­tralia entered into a Land Force Capa­bil­i­ty Mod­ern­iza­tion Project Arrange­ment for the Tech­nol­o­gy Demon­stra­tor phase of the JLTV pro­gram, enabling tac­ti­cal vehi­cle inter­op­er­abil­i­ty and inte­gra­tion between U.S. future forces and Aus­tralian land forces.

“Australia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the JLTV pro­gram will help reduce over­all pro­gram risk through the test­ing and eval­u­a­tion of addi­tion­al pro­to­type vehi­cles,” said Mark McCoy, the U.S. Army’s prod­uct man­ag­er for JLTV. “As our mil­i­tary pre­pares for future coali­tion oper­a­tions, sim­i­lar­i­ty of tac­ti­cal vehi­cle solu­tions across allies will enhance glob­al inter­op­er­abil­i­ty and reduce the main­te­nance and logis­ti­cal bur­den.”

The JLTV pro­to­type vehi­cles will under­go reli­a­bil­i­ty and blast test­ing in Aus­tralia, as well as trop­i­cal envi­ron­ment test­ing.

“Lessons from recent con­flicts high­light the impor­tance of pro­tect­ed mobil­i­ty in the mod­ern bat­tle­field,” said Aus­tralian Army Lt. Col. Robin Petersen, JLTV Coop­er­a­tive Pro­gram Per­son­nel and Aus­tralian JLTV Pro­gram Man­ag­er. “The require­ments of the JLTV pro­gram close­ly align with our require­ments; we face sim­i­lar capa­bil­i­ty gaps and threats.”

BAE Sys­tems is Australia’s largest defense com­pa­ny, employ­ing more than 6,000 peo­ple who sup­port cus­tomers at 100 loca­tions across Aus­tralia. As a glob­al com­pa­ny, BAE Sys­tems draws on the resources and strengths of its peo­ple around the world to help deliv­er the most effi­cient, val­ue-for-mon­ey solu­tions to the Aus­tralian Defence Force.

The team builds off the three com­pa­nies’ cur­rent lead­er­ship in armored and tac­ti­cal vehi­cle devel­op­ment and sup­port. Com­bined, the BAE Sys­tems — Nav­is­tar — Arv­in­Mer­i­tor team max­i­mizes JLTV pro­gram val­ue through proven capa­bil­i­ties, lean man­u­fac­tur­ing and exten­sive world­wide logis­tics sup­port.

About BAE Sys­tems
BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US$ 36.2 bil­lion).

About Nav­is­tar Defense
Nav­is­tar Defense is an affil­i­ate of Nav­is­tar Inter­na­tion­al Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE: NAV), a hold­ing com­pa­ny whose sub­sidiaries and affil­i­ates pro­duce Inter­na­tion­al brand com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and com­mer­cial bus­es, Mona­co RV brands of recre­ation­al vehi­cles, and Work­horse brand chas­sis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a pri­vate-label design­er and man­u­fac­tur­er of diesel engines for the pick­up truck, van and SUV mar­kets. The com­pa­ny also pro­vides truck and diesel engine ser­vice parts. Anoth­er affil­i­ate offers financ­ing ser­vices.

About Arv­in­Mer­i­tor
Arv­in­Mer­i­tor, Inc. is a pre­mier glob­al sup­pli­er of a broad range of inte­grat­ed sys­tems, mod­ules and com­po­nents to orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and the after­mar­ket for the trans­porta­tion and indus­tri­al sec­tors. The com­pa­ny marked its cen­ten­ni­al anniver­sary in 2009, cel­e­brat­ing a long his­to­ry of ‘for­ward think­ing.’ The com­pa­ny serves com­mer­cial truck, trail­er and spe­cial­ty orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and cer­tain after­mar­kets, and light vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. Arv­in­Mer­i­tor com­mon stock is trad­ed on the New York Stock Exchange under the tick­er sym­bol ARM.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact

Stephanie Bis­sell Serk­hoshi­an, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3522 Mobile: +1 703 785‑7891

Elis­sa Koc, Nav­is­tar Defense
Tel: +1 630 753 2669

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