ARLINGTON, Va.: BAE Systems, through its U.S. Combat Systems business, along with partners Navistar Defense and ArvinMeritor, delivered three right hand drive operation configured Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototypes in a ceremony today in West Point, Mississippi. Each of these prototypes will be sent to Australia for durability testing that mutually supports both U.S. and Australia interests.
The BAE Systems – Navistar – ArvinMeritor team handed over a
Category A General Purpose vehicle, a Category B Command and Control on
the Move and a Category C Utility vehicle. The vehicles are designed to
be highly compatible with the U.S. variants, ensuring interoperability
between forces, yet tailored specifically to meet the needs of the
“Our team has taken a user-centric design approach that provides the
foundation for a future family of vehicles that can be modified to meet
the needs of our military as well as those of our global allies,” said
Ann Hoholick, vice president and general manager of New Vehicles and
Amphibious Systems forBAE Systems. “We look forward to continuing to improve and enhance our offerings as we receive feedback from our military customers.”
In January 2009, the U.S. and Australia entered into a Land Force
Capability Modernization Project Arrangement for the Technology
Demonstrator phase of the JLTV program, enabling tactical vehicle
interoperability and integration between U.S. future forces and
Australian land forces.
“Australia’s participation in the JLTV program will help reduce
overall program risk through the testing and evaluation of additional
prototype vehicles,” said Mark McCoy, the U.S. Army’s
product manager for JLTV. “As our military prepares for future
coalition operations, similarity of tactical vehicle solutions across
allies will enhance global interoperability and reduce the maintenance
and logistical burden.”
The JLTV prototype vehicles will undergo reliability and blast testing in Australia, as well as tropical environment testing.
“Lessons from recent conflicts highlight the importance of protected
mobility in the modern battlefield,” said Australian Army Lt. Col.
Robin Petersen, JLTV Cooperative Program Personnel and Australian JLTV
Program Manager. “The requirements of the JLTV program closely align
with our requirements; we face similar capability gaps and threats.”
BAE Systems is Australia’s largest defense company, employing more than 6,000 people who support customers at 100 locations across Australia. As a global company, BAE Systems
draws on the resources and strengths of its people around the world to
help deliver the most efficient, value-for-money solutions to the
Australian Defence Force.
The team builds off the three companies’ current leadership in armored and tactical vehicle development and support. Combined, the BAE Systems – Navistar – ArvinMeritor team maximizes JLTV program value through proven capabilities, lean manufacturing and extensive worldwide logistics support.
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with
approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full
range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well
as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).
Navistar Defense is an affiliate of Navistar International
Corporation, a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates
produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce
brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to original equipment
manufacturers and the aftermarket for the transportation and industrial
sectors. The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers