The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have finally found a replacement for their old Hummer. Hummer, which was known to be one of the best vehicles across the globe for their rigid body and huge road presence, will be replaced by the new Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) made by Oshkosh Defense. It took the officials three long years to investigate for a new Joint Light Tactical vehicle (JLTV) wherein Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin, and AM General (maker of the Hummer) took part by submitting 22 prototypes which were made to undergo a 14 month long intensive test.
Finally after the long hustle, Oshkosh bagged itself a $6.75 billion contract which includes the manufacturing of 17000 new vehicles. Since the volume of vehicles is very large, the Army expects to get its first slot in the year 2018 whereas the procurement time is said to be 2040. Out of the whole lot, 5500 will be dedicated to the Marine Corps and delivered between 2018 and 2022.
The heart of this massive machine will be a GM Duramax 6.6-liter diesel V-8 which is capable enough to be coupled with a diesel-electric hybrid system. The L-ATV will keep the forces on track with the help of GPS Navigation and HF, VHF, UHF and satellite communications. It can be fitted with a bulk of weapons, including turrets, various machine guns, and tube-launched missiles that can practically blow up any other vehicle that comes across it.
The underside of the L-ATV is strengthened by providing MRAP levels of protection from blasts, the vehicle offers onboard AC and DC power. Oshkosh’s TAK-4i independent suspension allows for 20 inches of wheel travel and this macho machine comes with the ability to raise or lower itself for various situation needs. Considering the future needs, the company has given almost everything that the forces would require to be well-equipped for fighting any battle.
JLTV was taken on board seeing a larger picture wherein the vehicles would be larger, more mechanically reliable and safer than the Hummer, which has been constantly modified to deal with the evolving challenges of global combat. These vehicles will come in two variants, one of which will be a four-passenger combat vehicle and the other will be a two-seat combat support vehicle. To make these vehicles easy to transport via helicopters, they have been designed keeping in mind the strict weight constraints, with 7000 kg as the maximum weight.
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Source – Car and Driver