OSHKOSH, Wis., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense has delivered the first of 22 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes to the military for government testing.
The delivery follows a vehicle inspection by the Defense Contract Management Agency and was marked with a presentation ceremony at the company facility in Oshkosh, Wis.
"The JLTV will fill a vital capabilities gap in the military's light vehicle fleet and protect our men and women in uniform for decades to come," said John Urias, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense.
"The Oshkosh JLTV solution we are now submitting for government testing transforms the concept of what a light vehicle can be -- merging key design aspects of high-performance tactical vehicles and highly survivable combat vehicles. The result is a new level of protected mobility in a light platform."
The JLTV program is for replacement of a portion of the U.S. military's High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle fleet.
Oshkosh will be delivering all its prototypes this month for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the JLTV program. The vehicles are in four-door multipurpose and two-door utility variants.