Israel Oshkosh Tactical Vehicle buy to keep line Open Longer

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Israel Oshkosh Tactical Vehicle buy to keep line Open Longer

Oshkosh Defense has secured a lifeline for its production line, thanks to a recent order from Israel for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). The Wisconsin-based company had initially planned to close its JLTV production line by the end of 2024, following the Army decision to have AM General take over the production of the Humvee replacement. However, the Israeli Ministry of Defense recent order for 75 JLTVs through a foreign military sale, along with additional units through a direct commercial sale, has extended Oshkosh production line into 2025.

In 2015, Oshkosh emerged victorious in the bid for the original JLTV contract, outperforming competitors like Humvee-maker AM General and Lockheed Martin. The recent Israeli order, coupled with a $208 million order for more U.S. Army JLTVs in November and a $160 million order from various countries, has provided a significant boost to Oshkosh production plans.

The specific number of JLTVs involved in the commercial sale to Israel has not been disclosed by Oshkosh. Tim Bleck, President of Oshkosh Defense, expressed enthusiasm about the ongoing partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, highlighting the company decade-long collaboration with the IMOD on various programs.

Despite initial plans to wind down the JLTV production line in 2024, the influx of new orders has prompted Oshkosh to extend its production capabilities into 2025, ensuring continued manufacturing of these critical military vehicles. In addition to Israel, Oshkosh JLTVs have found favor with other foreign customers, including Montenegro, Brazil, Lithuania, and Belgium. This sustained international demand reflects the global significance of Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in modern military fleets.

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