It looks like the JLTV won’t fully replace the Humvee after all
Army undersecretary Ryan McCarthy confirmed on Wednesday that service plans on buying 25% fewer of the fancy vehicles than it did last year as one of the 93 Pentagon programs facing reduced funding for a $30 billion modernization push.
In light of the Army’s new modernization push and the “high-intensity land conflict” requirements posed by the return of Great Power competition, the branch’s ground fleet mix will consist of 55,000 Humvees, 49,000 JLTVs, and 800 Infantry Squad Vehicles by 2028.
“The JLTV is a new vehicle – more survivable than a Humvee, more maneuverable than an MRAP,” McCarthy said during remarks at the Brookings Institution on Thursday. “There’s no doubt the Army needs it in the future – just not at the numbers of the original program of record when the requirements of a high-intensity land conflict are considered.”
Backing away from the JLTV in the name of “modernization” is a bit ironic considering that, as Military.com notes, both the Army and Marine Corps made the program a modernization priority after the Humvee proved incapable of providing adequate protection against IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We clearly have more capability than we need,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.
Raider Master Drivers hit the tank trails during the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Operator New Equipment Training (OPNET) at Fort Stewart, GA(U.S. Army/Maj. Peter Bogart)
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