U.S. Army places $1.69 billion order with Oshkosh Defense

    Oshkosh JLTV family of vehicles (Photo source: Oshkosh Defense)

    OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The U.S. Army is asking for over 6,000 joint light tactical vehicles, or JLTVs, the Oshkosh company announced Wednesday.

    It's the tenth request since Oshkosh Defense was awarded a contract in 2015.

    Oshkosh Defense officials say the vehicles the U.S. Army ordered are an advancement from past vehicles.

    “This vehicle represents a technological leap forward that provides enhanced protection and extreme mobility both off-road and in dense urban terrain," said vice president and general manager of Joint Programs, George Mansfield.

    Mansfield says in the past the vehicles equipped with the same features of the JLTVs offered little mobility, and were much larger.

    Oshkosh Defense says it expects the first Army unit to be ready by early next year.

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