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The military has said its planned Humvee replacements are ‘not operationally suitable’.
The Pentagon has released a report, obtained by the Military Times, which states that after putting the four models through their paces, the long-awaited Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) are not ready to enter the battlefield for a variety of reasons.
Department - Defense - JLTV - General - Purpose
The Department of Defense had been testing JLTV General Purpose, Heavy Guns Carrier, Close Combat Weapons Carrier and Utility variants with the intention of using them as a partial replacement for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), or Humvees, currently being used by the Army and Marine Corps, beginning early this year.
But, as revealed in a recent annual report from the Defense Department's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, findings from testing at various Army and Marine Corps military bases proved the JLTVs need more work.
Report - JLTVs - Deficiencies - Reliability - Maintainability
According to the report, 'All JLTVs are not operationally suitable because of deficiencies in reliability, maintainability, training, manuals, crew situational awareness and safety.'
Poor visibility caused by blind spots and numerous instances of doors not opening meaning soldiers and Marines had trouble entering and exiting the vehicles were also among the issues recorded.
JLTV - Variations - Purpose - GP - Heavy
Four JLTV variations were tested out: General Purpose (GP), Heavy Guns Carrier (HGC), Utility (UTL) and Close Combat Weapons Carrier (CCWC).
The report concluded that the GP, HGC and UTL versions were 'operationally effective for employment in combat and tactical missions.' However, that the CCWC variant was deemed 'not operationally effective' in the same type of missions.
CCWC - Capability - Threats - Tube-launched - Optically
'The CCWC provides less capability to engage threats with the Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missiles over the fielded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV),' according...
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