USA — Delivery of First Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) to U.S. Army and Marine Corps

Aus­tralian JLTV Pro­to­types to Fol­low in June
ARLINGTON, Vir­gina — BAE Sys­tems, through its U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems line of busi­ness, team­mates Nav­is­tar Defense and Arv­in­Mer­i­tor, are proud to announce an on-time deliv­ery of its Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle (JLTV) pro­to­type vehi­cles to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The pro­to­types will under­go a 12-month rig­or­ous gov­ern­ment test and eval­u­a­tion peri­od as part of the JLTV Tech­nol­o­gy Devel­op­ment (TD) phase.

JLTV prototype
The JLTV Cat­e­go­ry B Infantry Car­ri­er — One of sev­en JLTV pro­to­types the BAE Sys­tems – Nav­is­tar – Arvin Mer­i­tor team deliv­ered to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for test­ing.
Source: BAE Sys­tems

The BAE Sys­tems – Nav­is­tar – Arv­in­Mer­i­tor team hand­ed over sev­en JLTV pro­to­type vehi­cles and four com­pan­ion trail­ers to the U.S. Army in a cer­e­mo­ny last week at the Nav­is­tar Defense pro­duc­tions facil­i­ty in West Point, Miss. The mix of vehi­cles includ­ed two JLTV Cat­e­go­ry A Gen­er­al Pur­pose vehi­cles, four JLTV Cat­e­go­ry B Infantry Car­ri­ers, one Cat­e­go­ry C Util­i­ty Car­ri­er.

In Jan­u­ary 2009 Aus­tralia entered into a Land Force Capa­bil­i­ty Mod­ern­iza­tion (LFCM) Project Arrange­ment (PA) for the TD phase of the JLTV pro­gram, enabling tac­ti­cal vehi­cle inter­op­er­abil­i­ty and inte­gra­tion between U.S. future forces and Aus­tralian land forces. In sup­port of the Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence, the team is now focused on com­plet­ing the build of three addi­tion­al vari­ants and a com­pan­ion trail­er that will be deliv­ered in June. These 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 troops.

“Our rich his­to­ry and exten­sive expe­ri­ence with com­bat vehi­cles has allowed us to devel­op a JLTV fam­i­ly of vehi­cles design that rep­re­sents a bal­ance between per­for­mance, pro­tec­tion and pay­load,” said Ann Hoholick, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of New Vehi­cles and Amphibi­ous Sys­tems for BAE Sys­tems.

“We have invest­ed heav­i­ly in the devel­op­ment of the tech­nol­o­gy and capa­bil­i­ties that a plat­form like JLTV could pro­vide to the mod­ern day war fight­er.”

The JLTV design incor­po­rates lessons learned from the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense’s Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed (MRAP) vehi­cle pro­gram and fea­tures the lat­est in light­weight, advanced armor and a V‑shaped hull design to pro­vide max­i­mum crew pro­tec­tion.

“The BAE Sys­tems — Nav­is­tar Arv­in­Mer­i­tor team brings a bal­ance of mil­i­tary, pro­duc­tion and auto­mo­tive expe­ri­ence to the pro­gram,” said Archie Mas­si­cotte, pres­i­dent of Nav­is­tar Defense. “We work hard to pro­vide vehi­cles that are safe to oper­ate and sur­viv­able against cur­rent threats. We also under­stand that our design needs to be flex­i­ble so it can evolve ahead of future threat lev­els.”

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.

The team draws on top tal­ent from across the coun­try. Sites par­tic­i­pat­ing in the devel­op­ment include: York, Penn­syl­va­nia; Ontario, San Diego and San­ta Clara, Cal­i­for­nia; Dear­born Heights, Ster­ling Heights and Troy, Michi­gan; Min­neapo­lis, Min­neso­ta; John­son City, New York; Austin, Texas; Nashua, New Hamp­shire; Reston, Vir­ginia; Mel­rose Park and War­renville, Illi­nois; Fort Wayne, Indi­ana; West Point, Mis­sis­sip­pi; Huntsville, Alaba­ma; and Lau­r­in­berg and Aiken, South Car­oli­na.

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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