OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – Oshkosh Defense and Oshkosh Corporation unveiled an all-new tactical vehicle that is the first of its kind.

The new addition to the fleet is a first-ever silent drive hybrid-electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) also known as the eJLTV. This vehicle will be used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for a level of performance and protection of a regular JLTV but with silent drive, extended silent watch, enhanced fuel economy and, increase exportable power that can be used during combat and reconnaissance.

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“For many years, we’ve been developing, testing, and evolving hybrid-electric variants of our heavy and medium-duty tactical wheeled vehicles,” said John Bryant, Executive Vice President for Oshkosh Corporation and President of Oshkosh Defense.

The lithium-ion battery can recharge within 30 minutes which eliminates the need for charging infrastructure. “The eJLTV offers our customers the performance and protection of the Oshkosh JLTV, with a few critical additions. It features exportable power, improved fuel economy, and technologies that enable silent drive and extended silent watch, eliminating the noise and heat signatures associated with a diesel engine,” said Bryant.

The Army plans to recompete the JLTV program and issue a follow-on production contract in September. The contract is valued at $6.5 billion and it includes over 15 thousand vehicles and five order years followed by five options year.

Oshkosh Defense is currently awaiting orders from the military to begin production.