New vehicles hit testing milestone

Feb. 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

DALLAS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New Lockheed Martin vehicles for the U.S. military have reached a milestone in durability testing in Maryland and Arizona.

The company said 10 variants of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles have accumulated a combined 145,000 miles in tests by Lockheed and U.S. military teams.

"Reaching 145,000 combined testing miles shows that our vehicle design is mature and robust and can stand up to the harsh conditions in which they will operate," said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our commitment to performance is equal to our commitment to affordability, and those qualities will only improve as we continue to optimize our design for an engineering and manufacturing development proposal later this year."

The JLTV is being developed by an industry team led by Lockheed. Other members include BAE Systems Global Tactical Systems, Alcoa Defense and JWF-Defense Systems.

The JLTV program aims to give deployed soldiers and Marines advanced mobility, protection and payload by replacing a portion of the aging High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle fleet.

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