Oshkosh Defense Wins Bid for Military ContractBased out of Wisconsin, armored defense truck maker Oshkosh has signed on with the US military, slated to produce a first batch of 657 of these JLTVs (read: monsters) and "2,977 installed kits and related support" a source stated. The Oshkosh JLTV will be replacing the Humvee vehicles battered in war operations over the years. The company beat Lockheed Martin and AM General to serve the United States Army and Marine Corps. It's a virtual David beats Goliath story, as Oshkosh is relatively small compared to its competition. It reminds me of Jeep's humble beginnings when several automakers were vying for the military contract during World War II.
About the Oshkosh JLTVThe new residing military vehicle has a laundry list of impressive stats. Regarding tactical mobility, it has passed all of the Pentagon's required field tests, which you can read about here. It's lighter than its Humvee counterparts, and comes with protection kits easily fitted and removed in the field with simple tools.
Here are some more impressive features:
- Can serve as network ready mobile command
- TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system
- Off-road speeds 70% faster than today’s standard
- 6.6 Liter Turbo Diesel Engine