The U.S. Army and Marine CorpsÂ plan to conductÂ testsÂ onÂ Oshkosh Defense-built Joint Light Tactical VehiclesÂ over the next year at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and other military sitesÂ across the country, the Army News Service reported Wednesday.
Gary Sheftick writes up to 10 vehiclesÂ will undergoÂ maneuverability and automotive evaluations during 2017.
Oshkosh Defense, which won the aÂ potential $6.7 billion Humvee replacement contractÂ in August 2015, delivered the first sevenÂ JLTVs to the Army and Marine Corps last month.
The two service branches also plan to evaluateÂ theÂ vehicles for cyber integration of command, control, communications and intelligence at Fort Huachuca’s Electronics Proving Ground in Arizona.
Separate tests for automotive performance will also occur at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and at the Cold Regions Test Center on Fort Greely in Alaska.
Col. Shane Fullmer, project manager for the JLTV program, said the Army expects toÂ determineÂ what types of weapons to be installed in the vehicles over the next few months.
The JLTVÂ features chassis designed to resist underbelly blasts and a suspension system built to navigate off-road conditions, according to Sheftick’s article.