Tuesday, July 7, 2020

JLTV deemed ‘not operationally suitable’ in a GAO report

Recommended

Smart weapons and their role in the technological transformation of modern defense infrastructure

Accelerating technological advancement, especially in the digital spectrum, has asserted its impact on nearly all realms of life. Having its roots in the commercial...

Russian fighter jets again intercept U.S. spy plane as it flew close to Crimea

Russian SU-27 fighter aircraft scrambled on Wednesday to intercept U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint spy plane flying over the Black Sea. The Russian defense...

Russia denies that Washington could buy Turkey’s S-400 systems

The Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation has denied that U.S. would be able to buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 air defense system under...

Sierra Nevada gets $700M contract to provide AC/MC-130J fleet with advanced electronic warfare technology

Sierra Nevada Corp. has secured a $700 million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the development and procurement of Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM)...

U.S. Army selects Kongsberg to develop wireless lethality for new gen robotic combat vehicles

The U.S. Army has selected Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace to provide a wireless fire control capability to support its future medium caliber lethality needs...

The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, commonly known as JLTV, has been again deemed “not operationally suitable”, the Government Accountability Office said in its annual survey of Defense Department acquisitions.

The JLTV program is intended to replace the Army and Corp’s legacy fleet of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) for some missions.

The JLTV is expected to provide protection for passengers against current and future battlefield threats, increased payload capacity, and improved automotive performance over the up-armored HMMWV variant, which includes an armor package. It is designed to be transported by air or ship. Two- and four-seat variants are planned with multiple mission configurations.

“The JLTV program has matured its two critical technologies and stabilized the system design. However, the program’s discovery of significant deficiencies during operational testing—and the corrections that those now require—pose risk to maintaining that design stability,” the Government Accounting Office said this week in a report on major weapons systems.

In report noted that during low-rate initial production, Oshkosh significantly reduced the number of defects per manufactured vehicle, from 14.6 in September 2016 to 1.3 in September 2018.

Program officials also stated that Oshkosh has provided on-time deliveries for 6 consecutive months and is now producing vehicles 2 months ahead of schedule at a rate of about 11 per day.

The program is also utilizing statistical process controls to demonstrate ongoing JLTV production readiness.

“The Army and Marine Corps recently concluded operational testing for JLTV and found the vehicles to be survivable for the crew and effective for small combat and transport missions,” the GAO said in its 17th annual survey of defense acquisitions and pointing that: “but not operationally suitable because of their high maintenance needs, low reliability, training and manual deficiencies, and safety shortcomings.”

The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, made the same findings as the Army and Marine Corps. Army operational testers recommended a conditional release to full-rate production for most of the vehicle variants, pending resolution of all suitability related deficiencies.

Marine Corps operational testers, however, found the JLTV could support their mission and advocated for the program’s unconditional transition into full-rate production. However, the Army delayed the full-rate decision from December 2018 to May 2019 to review new potential requirements.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

TRENDING NOW

U.S. Army looks to buy Soviet-made special ammunition and weapon systems

The U.S. Army is buying an unspecified number of the Non-NATO standard ammunition and Soviet-era weapon systems, according to a government’s main contracting website...

U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress arrives in Guam

The U.S. Air Force has deployed B-52H Stratofortress nuclear-capable bomber Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on July 4. The B-52H Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the...

Russia discloses new details of electromagnetic pulse cannon

Russian defense industry sources have disclosed the new details of the electromagnetic pulse cannon capable of hitting targets 6 miles away. The new super cannon...

Serbia receives Chinese-made unmanned combat aerial vehicles

Ministry of the defense Republic of Serbia has taken delivery of the first CH-92A unmanned combat aerial vehicles from China. The surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned...

Related News

Ukraine fears Russia will use massive military exercises to invade

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said that Ukraine needs to be mentally prepared for the fact that Russia will not...

U.S. Army gets new compact sniper system

Last month, Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division became the first combat troops to receive a cutting edge compact...

U.S. Army’s helicopter makes emergency landing in South Korea

United States Forces Korea said one of its helicopters landed near Han River Park in South Korea on Thursday shortly after takeoff from Yongsan...

Russia discloses new details of electromagnetic pulse cannon

Russian defense industry sources have disclosed the new details of the electromagnetic pulse cannon capable of hitting targets 6 miles away. The new super cannon...