The U.S. Military has just awarded a contract to Oshkosh Defense for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, called the L-ATV as a replacement for the aging Humvee. The L-ATV, or Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle, will be slowly deployed over the next eight years, with approximately 17,000 units slated for production.

The $6.7 billion contract covers both variants of the L-ATV – a two seat base platform and a four-seater that comes as either the general purpose vehicle or the Close Combat Weapons Carrier. A companion trailer is also included.

The L-ATV is powered by General Motors’ 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 and is backed by an Allison six-speed automatic transmission. Though the powertrain is outsourced, the L-ATV rides on Oshkosh’s proprietary TAK-4i independent suspension system that is said to provide 20 inches of wheel travel with generous cargo capacity and unmatched off-road abilities. In fact, an early version became the first military vehicle to complete the Baja 1000, competing in the 2010 races.

Oshkosh beat out big names like AM General and Lockheed Martin in winning the contract. Not only will Oshkosh supply the L-ATV, but it will continue to supply parts and services for decades to come.

While the L-ATV nearly twice the size of the current Humvee, it still fits in a Lockheed C-130 airplane, along with other military transport vehicles. Air-lift hooks protruding from its hood and rear bumper allow for helicopter transport, despite its 14,000-pound curb weight.

Oshkosh will begin delivering L-ATVs in roughly 10 month’s time.

Continue reading for more info on the Oshkosh JLTV.

  • 2017 Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
  • Year:
  • Engine:
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    575 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    900 (Est.)
  • Energy:
  • Displacement:
    6.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    15 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    80 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD
  • Price:
    450000 (Est.)

Oshkosh L-ATV In Action


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The Oshkosh L-ATV comes in two main configurations – two-door and four-door. The four-door model is then offered in two versions – a general purpose carry-all and a gun platform. The general purpose model is equipped with a pickup bed for hauling cargo while the gun platform acts more as a four-wheeled tank.

One of the top priorities for the L-ATV is troop protection. Its cabin is designed to guard against everything from small-arms fire to roadside IEDs. Its construction takes after the MRAP vehicles, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks, currently used by the U.S. Military.

All L-ATVs will be powered by a 6.6-liter V-8 turbodiesel derived from General Motors’ Duramax V-8 found in the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra HD pickups. The basic engine is then modified by famed diesel tuner Gale Banks Engineering for even more power. While the standard Duramax makes 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque, the L-ATV’s version is expected to produce nearly 575 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque. Like in the GM trucks, the engine will be backed by the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

Design and Use

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The Oshkosh L-ATV is a mean looking beast and is unconventional in nearly every sense of the word. Not one part or design idea looks lifted off a production truck. The massive front grille is designed for superior cooling, and the integrated front bumper provides an excellent approach angle. The center section that makes up the passenger compartment is nearly impervious to small arms fire and makes surviving a roadside bomb much more likely. The rear of the vehicle is modular, allowing for any number of configurations and uses.

The L-ATV rides on huge mud-terrain tires fitted to bead-lock wheels. The TAK-4i suspension system offers the driver on-the-fly control of ride settings and height adjustment, allowing for compensation for cargo or rough terrain.

Every feature on the L-ATV is designed to keep its occupants safe in hostile territory while carrying out a variety of missions. The L-ATV offers remote-control weapons systems, shot detection systems that help located the position of enemy fire, automatic fire-suppression systems, and infrared and daylight camera systems.


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It’s a sad day knowing the venerable Humvee is on its way out, but the missions of today’s military call for new vehicles and tactics. The L-ATV might be twice the size of the Humvee, but it’s still a comparatively small vehicle for all the protection and versatility it offers.

The L-ATV will slowly begin replacing the Army and Marine Corps’ current fleet as supply allows. If the Oshkosh surpasses expectations, the military has the option of ordering another 38,000 units.

  • Leave it
    • Much larger than Humvee
    • Expensive
    • Slow roll-out means troops still using old equipment

Press Release

OSHKOSH, Wis. (August 25, 2015) — The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility. During the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP), Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.

“Following a rigorous, disciplined JLTV competition, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are giving our nation’s Warfighters the world’s most capable light vehicle – the Oshkosh

JLTV,” said Charles L. Szews, Oshkosh Corporation chief executive officer. “Oshkosh is honored to be selected for the JLTV production contract, which builds upon our 90-year history of producing tactical wheeled vehicles for U.S. military operations at home and abroad. We are fully prepared to build a fleet of exceptional JLTVs to serve our troops in future missions.”

The JLTV program provides protected, sustained and networked light tactical mobility for American troops across the full spectrum of military operations and missions anywhere in the world. The JLTV production contract awarded to Oshkosh includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of LRIP and five years of FRP. Oshkosh will begin delivering vehicles approximately ten months after contract award.

“Because of the JLTV program, our Soldiers and Marines are getting a level of technical performance that no other vehicle can match,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Our JLTV has been extensively tested and is proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer. The Oshkosh JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today’s gold standard, which is our Oshkosh M-ATV. Looking to future battlefields, we know that our troops will face a myriad of threats. Soldiers and Marines can be assured that the highly capable Oshkosh JLTV will perform the mission.”

The JLTV Family of Vehicles is comprised of two variants, a two seat and a four seat variant, as well as a companion trailer (JLTV-T). The two seat variant has one base vehicle platform, the Utility (JLTV-UTL). The four seat variant has two base vehicle platforms, the General Purpose (JLTV-GP) and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC).

The Oshkosh JLTV combines the latest in automotive technologies with the Oshkosh CORE1080 crew protection and TAK-4i™ independent suspension systems to provide next generation performance. In designing its JLTV, Oshkosh leveraged its extensive experience producing and sustaining more than 150,000 heavy, medium and protected MRAP vehicles for the U.S. and its allies.

The Oshkosh JLTV Journey

2005: Oshkosh begins developing its next generation TAK-4i independent suspension system

2007: Oshkosh develops the Light Combat Tactical Vehicle (LCTV) technology demonstrator

2010: The Oshkosh LCTV is the first military-class vehicle to complete the Baja 1000 desert off-road race

2011: Oshkosh evolves its design and introduces the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), the platform for the Oshkosh JLTV solution

2012: U.S. Government awards Oshkosh one of three JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contracts in August

2013: Oshkosh builds its JLTV EMD prototypes on a warm production line and delivers them to the U.S. Army for EMD testing and evaluation

2014: During EMD, Oshkosh successfully completes all requirements, testing and evaluation

2015: Oshkosh responds to the U.S. Government’s JLTV Production Request for Proposal in February and Request for Final Proposal Revisions in July

2015: Oshkosh is awarded the JLTV Production contract

“Developing our Oshkosh JLTV solution has been an incredible journey,” said Szews. “For the past decade, our entire team has been focused on putting our troops behind the wheel of the world’s most capable light vehicle. It’s our relationship with our troops and our deep appreciation for their service that inspires our best work every day. I offer my sincere thanks to our employees and suppliers for their years of dedication to reach this historic day.”

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For decades Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK].

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide by rental companies, concrete placement and refuse businesses, fire & emergency departments, municipal and airport services and defense forces, where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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