Army of Slovenia takes delivery of first Oshkosh JLTV 4x4 combat vehicles
According to a Tweet published by the American company Oshkosh Defense, On May 11, 2021, Slovenia army has received the first Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) manufactured by the American company Oshkosh Defense.
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The first U.S. made Oshkosh Defense JLTV 4x4 combat vehicles for Slovenia. (Picture source Slovenia MoD)
In December 2018, Slovenia had signed an Intergovernmental Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) with the U.S. Government for the purchase of 38 Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV). The value of the contract for the purchase of 38 JLTV vehicles, taking into account administrative costs, tools, spare parts and training.
In February 2020, Army Recognition has released news to announce that the American Company Oshkosh Defense LLC was awarded a contract to procure Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated kits to Slovenia.
The JLTV is a light armored vehicle in the category of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) fully developed and designed by the American company Oshkosh Defense based on the L-ATV (Light Combat All-Terrain) vehicle but with more protection and mobility.
The JLTV was one of the biggest programs of the U.S. army to replace old HUMVEE 4x4 light tactical vehicles. On 25 August 2015, Oshkosh Defense was selected as the winner of the JLTV program. The first JLTV delivery order was placed in March 2016 with the U.S. Army ordering 657 vehicles. The JLTV offers protection levels greater than those of up-armored HMMWVs and comparable to those of original MRAP class designs, but in an overall vehicle package that is considerably smaller and lighter than vehicles procured under the previous MRAP vehicles in service with the U.S. armed forces.
The JLTV for the Slovenian army will be fitted with a Kongsberg Protector Remote Weapon Station armed with one 12.7mm machine and optionally, the turret can be armed with a single launcher for the Israeli-made Spike LR anti-tank guided missile. In December 2020, Slovenian armed forces have completed a successful firing of Rafael's Spike LR missiles from a JLTV vehicle.