AM General and General Dynamics Land Systems today announced they will form a joint venture to compete for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The new joint venture company called General Tactical Vehicles will design, develop and produce a highly mobile, highly survivable and innovative wheeled utility vehicle for the armed services to meet all the requirements of the JLTV program. Lockheed Martin, Armor Holdings have already Teamed to bid on the JLTV program in October 06.
General Tactical Vehicles will locate in the Detroit metropolitan area to leverage the best of American automotive technology and military research and development to deliver the JLTV. The joint venture is the first-ever collaborative project for the two American defense companies, both of whom were awarded JLTV “Best Technical Approach” trade studies by the Office of Naval Research in 2006. Earlier in 2006 General Dynamics Land Systems and Oshkosh Truck to build Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) mock-ups and conceptual designs, modeling and simulation to provide tradeoff analysis for the evaluation of future development of such vehicles.