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Oshkosh Defense from US confirms the sale of 322 JLTVs 4x4 armored to Belgian army.

| 2020

According to information released on October 13, 2020, American company Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company has confirmed that the Belgium Ministry of Defence has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for 322 Oshkosh Defense Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV) for the Belgium Defence Forces. The Belgian CLV is the proven Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) platform from Oshkosh equipped with Belgian communication systems.
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Oshkosh Defense JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. (Picture source Army Recognition)

"Oshkosh Defense is honored that Belgium has chosen to equip its armed forces with the Oshkosh CLV," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense.

"The Oshkosh CLV offers Belgian soldiers the world's most advanced light military vehicle, delivering next-generation levels of protection, off-road mobility, speed, transportability, and seamless operational and logistical interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies," Bryant continued.

"The Belgian Defence opted for a worldwide competition in which "money for value" was the only criterion," said Director Land Systems Colonel Filip De Varé. "The CLV will be integrated in the CaMo program, an international partnership between the French and Belgian land forces."

Traditionally procured via foreign military sales, the Belgian procurement marks Oshkosh Defense's first large direct commercial sale of a JLTV-based vehicle. Belgium joins the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Montenegro in choosing this vehicle.

As a globally recognized leader in the design and production of military vehicle systems, Oshkosh Defense has the capacity to support both domestic and international customer demand.

The JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) was developed by Oshkosh Defence for the US Army and Marine Corps to replace the aging fleet of High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV/Humvee). On August 25, 2015, it was announced the Army had awarded Oshkosh a $6.7 billion low rate initial production (LRIP) contract with eight options to procure the initial 16,901 vehicles for the Army and Marines. The JLTV is being produced in Oshkosh, WI.

The JLTV is equipped with an advanced crew protection system that offers a protection level similar to that of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The Oshkosh JLTV is motorized with a digitally-controlled Gale Banks Engineering 866T V-8 diesel developing 397 hp. at 3,000 rpm, based on the architecture of the General Motors (GM) Duramax. The vehicle uses a fully automatic Allison transmission coupled to an Oshkosh transfer case.

The Oshkosh JLTV can be fitted with a wide range of remote-controlled weapon stations or ring mount 7.62 or 12,7mm machine gun. It can be also armed with a compact laser weapon system (CLWS) as well as a remotely operated weapon system armed with automatic cannon up to 30mm caliber.

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