The US Marine Corps has achieved initial operational capability for the Oshkosh L-ATV, a program originating from the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle initiative. Envisioned to replace the AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle in the combat role, the L-ATV will supplement the Corp’s M-ATV inventory. Primary roles include scout, transport, assault and special operations.
The L-ATV offers protection from IEDs similar to that of the M-ATV yet retains mobility equivalent to the HMMWV. The L-ATV can be airlifted by the CH-53E, CH-53K and CH-47F helicopters as well as most transport aircraft. Initial armaments include the M2 12.7 mm machine gun and MK19 40 mm grenade launcher.
The Marine Corps plans on acquiring 9,091 L-ATVs by FY 2022. The UKs ministry of defense may also potentially procure the vehicle for the British Army.
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