Truck maker Oshkosh is rolling out the much-awaited upgunned variant of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, meant to scout ahead of Army infantry. Adding a 30 mm chaingun to JLTV — much bigger than the normal 12.7 mm machinegun — fixes the biggest shortfall the vehicle had for the LRV mission.
The first JLTV delivery order was placed in March 2016 with the U.S. Army ordering 657 trucks. Overall JLTV requirements are 5,500 vehicles for the Marine Corps entering service in FY 2020 with all to be delivered in FY 2022, and 49,099 for the Army entering service in late 2019 with deliveries occurring through 2040.
Unit cost is $250,000 for the base vehicle and $400,000-$560,000 (including R and D, radios, weapons, and armor)
They each weigh about 6.4 metric tons.
They have a top road speed of 70 mph and have a 300 mile operational range.
JLTV with 30 mm gun
Hummers used to weigh about 2.5 to 3 tons but with extra armor also weigh about 6 tons. Up armored hummers cost $220,000 (2011).
MRAPs weighed 14 to 18 tons, 9 feet high, and cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000.
SOURCES- Breaking Defense, Youtube, wikipedia
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