Tactical Move

By Marjorie Censer / July 31, 2009 at 5:00 AM

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program office today announced a deadline for foreign countries interested in participating in the initiative, which is seeking to provide a next-generation humvee.

As Inside the Army reported earlier this month, the program office, along with the Army’s defense exports and cooperation office, hosted an international conference July 16. The event was intended to provide attendees from 16 registered countries information on potential partnerships during the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the JLTV program, a joint Army-Marine Corps effort.

In a press release issued today, the program office said interested countries "must submit a Letter of Intent portraying interest and technical elements no later than September 17, 2009, which will formally indicate their desire to participate in the JLTV program."

The press release adds that international participation in the JLTV effort "will reduce program risk as the Joint Services prepare to meet the challenges of future operations."

JLTV program officials announced earlier this year a project arrangement with Australia that provides funding for additional vehicle prototypes from each contractor team. The program also has working groups with Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the document references the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle program, now under way. The press release says "((j))oint collaboration and consistent communication between the Army's JLTV and MRAP program offices, under the same PEO, will only augment the Services' ability to develop survivable, fully capable and expeditionary tactical vehicle solutions to our joint Warfighters."