BAE Systems and International Military and Government, an affiliate of Navistar International Corp., announced Oct. 9 that they will team to produce a platform for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program. This team also will be investigating other global opportunities for success with militaries around the world.
“We are committed to providing military vehicles to the U.S. Armed Forces featuring state-of-the-art survivability and mobility solutions,” says Daniel C. Ustian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar International Corp. “Teaming with BAE Systems, a well respected and global-reaching company, is an exciting milestone in our company’s growth plans for our military business.”
The JLTV program is a multiservice initiative for a family of future light tactical vehicles being developed as a joint system between the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps. The JLTV Family of Vehicles provides integrated and scalable personnel protection, vehicle agility and mobility, while retaining the payload and transport capabilities of the light tactical vehicles fleet. The JLTV also will reduce fleet lifecycle cost by the extensive use of common spare and repair parts at the subassembly and component level.
The new JLTV fleet of vehicles is intended to replace the Humvee (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle). International Military and Government plans to harness the company’s expertise in vehicle and engine design, manufacturing and its extensive service and support network to establish a strong basis for the team to design, build, deliver and ultimately support the JLTV.
“JLTV is an important program for the military,” says Archie Massicotte, president of International Military and Government. “Our knowledge base obtained from our success with the Future Tactical Truck System demonstrator will dovetail well with BAE Systems and our joint vision to ultimately develop a very capable vehicle for the Armed Forces.”