JLTV testing completes in California
The US Army and Marine Corps has completed testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.
Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and marines of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment put the JLTV through its paces by conducting real-world missions in an operational environment.
The testing started in late February 2018 in order to collect data to address operational effectiveness, suitability and survivability of the JLTV in its intended environment. A total of 39 JLTVs in two variants - combat tactical vehicle and combat support vehicle - were tested. The vehicles were configured with a range of mission packages including heavy guns carrier, general purpose, close combat weapons carrier and the utility version.
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center provided a realistic desert environment to allow the Department of Defense to test how well the JLTV supports required mission execution.
The marines also tested live fire and helicopter sling load operations, as well as amphibious landing missions at Camp Pendleton.
The army, lead for the JLTV portfolio, plans to purchase some 49,000 JLTVs while the marine corps plans to purchase 9,000.
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