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JLTV: The Humvee’s Next Generation

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Replacing the Humvee for tomorrow’s soldiers

by Kevin Hunter

Replacing a legend is never easy, but the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is on track to do just that. DoD’s long-awaited replacement for the Humvee, JLTV will come in two variants—two-seat utility and four-seat close combat weapons carrier—and balance the “Iron Triangle” of protection, performance, and payload. With Milestone C testing complete, the Army expects down select to full-rate production contract award sometime late this summer. (more…)

Test Phase Critical

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Gearing up to begin Limited User Testing (LUT) involving warfighter participation, the JLTV program continues to progress through an intensive, 14-month test portion of a 33-month Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase.

By Christian Sheehy, TDM Managing Editor

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Recharging the Force

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Energy Harvesting and the Future of Warfighter Power

By George Jagels

The growing power demands for modern warfare, in which batteries for radios, GPS receivers, computers, and optics, among other devices, compete for rucksack space with water and ammunition, are forcing the U.S. military to rethink how it powers the warfighter. A reliable source of renewable energy could allow for fewer batteries clogging an already heavy rucksack. This would reduce both the numbers and variety of batteries carried, as rechargeable units could do most of the work. The result could be a more resilient force less dependent on complicated logistics and, consequently, engaging in fewer dangerous resupply operations.

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Clear Sight, Dark of Night

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U.S. Army PEO Aviation fields upgrades to AH-64E night ops target acquisition capability.

By Christian Sheehy

Seeking both flight safety and fire control, the Army’s Program Executive Office-Aviation is deploying an optical fire control system for the Apache AH-64E. Called the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), a product of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the system provides a significant improvement in operational effectiveness, including flight safety via advanced Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR), optics for pilotage, and targeting sensors.

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Weekly Defense Notes

With the AUSA show over, TDM gets back to work. Here’s our (belated) rundown of interesting defense news from last week.

The JLTV program is dealing with significant uncertainty due to sequestration, the continuing resolution in Congress, and the government shutdown. Breaking Defense quotes one colonel as saying this is the “most depressing” situation he’s seen in 34 years of service. Evidently, testing on the 22 prototypes by AM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh stopped on four hours notice early this month. Now they are several weeks behind. Oh well, there’s always the Aztek!

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently came out with a study cheerfully entitled “Chaos and Uncertainty: The FY 14 Defense Budget and Beyond.” Among many interesting points, the study notes that the cost of one soldier in Afghanistan will be $2.1 million annually. Like other things in life, deployments must work on economies of scale.

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