BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defense will submit a proposal for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to the government of the United States. The team boasts of its JLTV as protected and survivable with ability to travel with agility on road and off.
The team added that the JLTV is light enough for transport by air or sea, emphasizing that the vehicle is affordable. The team described the JLTV as a vehicle that meets the needs of service men and women. In its proposal, BAE Systems said it has selected a Ford Motor Co. engine to power the JLTV.
The engine chosen is the Power Stroke 6.7 liter turbocharged diesel, described as having class-leading fuel economy as well as the best horsepower and torque in its engine class. The Power Stroke is the same engine that powers the Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks. According to the team, they chose Ford because the carmakers’ products are known for performance and dependability even under demanding conditions.
The team also chose Ford because of the auto manufacturer’s experience in powering commercial trucks, which would be suitable for powering the JLTV offer. Ann Hoholick, BAE Systems Vice President of Amphibious & New Programs, said that the JLTV is the result of a year of hard work and the product of the best of the defense and automotive industries. The US government will award up to three EMD contracts in June 2012. The EMD phase of the JLTV program involves the delivery of 22 prototype vehicles and other equipment for testing.