Lockheed Martin completes production of JLTV vehicles

Lockheed Martin has completed the production of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).

The two new six-passenger infantry carrier variant vehicles will be delivered to the US Army and US Marine for a year-long testing period as part of technology development (TD) phase of the JLTV program.

As part of the 27-month TD contract awarded in October 2008, the company will deliver multiple JLTV variants and trailers to Army and Marine for testing program that is expected to begin in April 2010. The testing will be conducted at Aberdeen Test Center, Maryland, and Yuma test center in Yuma, Arizona.

According to Lockheed Martin, in addition to the TD vehicles, the JLTV team has produced multiple test vehicles including five prototypes that are original Infantry Carrier JLTV Category B model; Utility Vehicle Light Category C model; General Purpose Mobility Category A model; second variant of the Utility Vehicle Light Category C model; and Command and Control on the Move Category B model.

Steve Ramsey, vice president of ground vehicles at Lockheed Martin, said: "Successfully completing production of our first two TD vehicles ahead of schedule is a major achievement for our program. The team's tireless efforts to design, assemble and test our previous six operational prototypes culminated in the production of technology development vehicles that are mature, low-risk and thoroughly tested."