UK, keeping up the good friend image of US, has decided to buy a fleet of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages foreign military sales, on Monday notified Congress that the State Department has already approved the possible transaction.
According to the announcement, the $1.04 billion deal calls for supplying the British military with 2,747 of the vehicles,with B-kit armor, spare tires and fording gear, as well as training for vehicle operators and maintainers, among other items.
The JLTV is a next gen vehicle designed by Wisconsin based Oshkosh Corp. and is all set to replace the old American fleet of Humvees in both US Army and Marine Corps.
In August 2015, Oshkosh Corp. beat out Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, and AM General LLC, maker of the Humvee, for a $6.7 billion contract to build the first 17,000 JLTVs for the two services.
The vehicle is expected to provide increased protection, payload capacity and automotive performance over the up-armored Humvee, according to the GAO. Made in two- and four-seat variants with multiple mission configurations, the vehicle is designed to be transported by air and ship, according to the office.
Pic credits – Oshkosh Defence