The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) family of vehicles offered by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Oshkosh Defense (NYSE:OSK) has undergone successful armor testing as the U.S. Department of Defense nears its selection of competing JLTV teams.
Oshkosh and Plasan USA, which was selected to design and engineer the vehicle's armor, conducted ballistic and mine-blast testing on the team's JLTV prototype. After the first round of testing, they found the armor passed all threshold capability and achieved several objective-level force-protection requirements. Plasan is using an advanced composite-technology armor system that maximizes crew protection while keeping weight impact minimal.
The press release also plays up the use of the diesel-electric power plant in allowing superior force protection.