Hummer Changer JLTV/Oshkosh
A large Israeli order for the Hummer replacement will mean that the American company Oshkosh will not close the production line of the JLTV as planned at the end of 2024, but will continue to manufacture it in 2025 as well.
This is according to the company's announcement this week, which revealed that alongside an order for 75 JLTV vehicles carried out by the Israeli Ministry of Defense with American aid, it placed another order for "several dozen" vehicles through direct procurement from the company, not through the Pentagon.
Besides armor, it can also be equipped with machine guns and missiles/Oshkosh
"We have worked with the Israeli Ministry of Defense on numerous programs for more than a decade, and we look forward to demonstrating our continued commitment to this partnership with JLTV," Tim Black, president of Oshkosh Defense, was quoted as saying in a statement.
The assembly line was supposed to close after Oshkosh, which won the original tender to supply the vehicle to the U.S. military, lost the follow-up tender, which was won by AM General, the maker of the original Humvee.
Along with improved off-road capabilities and performance, the vehicle was designed so that it can be quickly mounted in a kit that makes it bulletproof. Thus, the general cost of the vehicles was reduced and it was possible to operate them without protection where possible, which reduces the costs of procurement and ongoing operation, while on the other hand, the US Army received a large and available quantity of armored vehicles. The protective kits are supplied by the Israeli Plasan Sasa.
The JLTV is equipped with a 6,600cc turbo diesel engine, based on General Motors' Dormax, in a 6-speed automatic transmission, capable of reaching a top speed of 110 km/h. The vehicle can be armed with machine guns and anti-tank missiles. The JLTV is priced at about $400,<> per unit.
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In the meantime, the IDF is operating in Gaza, alongside the armored APCs and Eitan, also regular Humvees/IDF Spokesperson
This is already the second time that war has served as a catalyst for the launch of an advanced reconnaissance vehicle in the IDF. In the 80s, the IDF purchased a small quantity of Humvees for use by special forces, but most of the army continued to drive the classic military jeep. Only after the Gulf War in 1991 did the army begin to absorb large quantities of Humvees, which were purchased as surplus from the emergency warehouses of the US army.A decision in principle to purchase the JLTV was already made in 2016 as part of the lessons of the Second Lebanon War, but the IDF could not find a budget for its implementation.
Only the Iron Sword War in 2023 led to the first Israeli orders, in the hope that later on it will be possible to purchase larger quantities of vehicles from American surpluses at cheaper prices. Following the war, the Ministry of Defense also ordered the first units of the highly passable American reconnaissance vehicle Flyer.
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