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Oshkosh JLTV vs AM General Humvee

U.S. Army rolls out its new cutting-edge combat vehicle

The U.S. Army selected the Oshkosh Defense L-ATV as the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), replacing the 30-year-old Humvee with a more modern combat vehicle. To more effectively handle harsh terrain and guard against IEDs, the Army needed a vehicle with the lightweight maneuverability of the Humvee and the ultra-durable protection of the MRAP. To get acquainted with the Oshkosh JLTV and understand why the Army chose it to replace the Humvee on the battlefield, we've compared these vehicles side by side.

Oshkosh JLTV vs AM General Humvee

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Oshkosh's Core 1080 System offers 360-protection

  • V-shaped hull guards against blasts from top, sides and below
  • Design of the blast-protected seats and floor are classified, but the JLTV is expected to have blast mats and a floated floor similar to the Oshkosh MRAP.
  • Roof can support 100% of the vehicle's weight
  • Automatic fire suppression system
  • Bulletproof windows and armored suicide doors

Network on Wheels

  • The C4ISR network system makes the JLTV a protected mobile command center
  • Remote Weapons Systems let soldiers operate weapons from inside the vehicle
  • Counter Radio Electronic Warfare systems to defeat IEDs
  • Situational Awareness systems, including shot detection and long-range surveillance

Contract Details

  • $6.7 billion initial contract, which is estimated to eventually be worth $30 billion
  • The Army ordered 49,099 JLTVs with deliveries scheduled through 2040.
  • The Marine Corps ordered 5,500 JLTVs with deliveries scheduled through 2020.
  • The Air Force will order 140 vehicles in 2018.
  • Lockheed Martin filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office in 2015, but withdrew it to file one with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The second protest was withdrawn in 2016.
Humvee JLTV
Name High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
Manufacturer AM General Oshkosh Defense
In Service 1984-present 2018
Average Unit Cost $220,000 < $399,000
Hull Protection Flat Design V-Shaped Design
Engine GEP 6.5 L Turbo Diesel V8 Militarized Duramax 6.6 L Turbo Diesel V8
Transmission 4-speed automatic Allison 6-speed automatic
Suspension Independent 4×4 TAK-4i Intelligent Independent Suspension
Curb Weight 7,500 lb 14,000 lb
Top Speed 70 mph 100+ mph (electronically limited to 70 mph)
Horsepower 190 hp Classified (400 hp in commerical version)
Fuel Range 250 miles/tank 300 miles/tank
Fording Depth (without snorkel kit) 2.5' 5'
Ground Clearance 18" Classified (24 - 36" expected)
Grade Capability 40% 60%
Side Slope Capability 30% 40%
Climb Capability 18" Vertical Step 24" Vertical Step
Reliability (miles between failure) 2,968 miles 7,051 miles
Variants 20+ 4