z.The Humvee has served the military well for over 30 years, but with the advancements in mobile technology, it looks like their days are numbered. The US Army just awarded a massive $6.7 billion contract to OshKosh Defense for the use of their Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). OshKosh (no, not the overalls company) beat out the likes of Lockheed Martin and Am General — makers of the Humvee— for the right to produce 17,000 tactical vehicles, which will start rolling out in 2018.
The JLTV has been in the works since 2005, when OshKosh started to develop their independent suspension, the TAK-4i. The JLTV has an innovative protection system called the Core1080, which features IED detection, blast-protected seats, and the ability to absorb and deflect blast energy. It’s also going to be easier to maneuver than the Humvee, according to OshKosh, much of the design was to focus on being able to quickly escape high-threat situations. The complete switch over to the JLTV won’t be finished until about 2020, so the Humvee still has some time to end on a high note.