The US Marine Corps (USMC) Systems Command (MCSC) is set to field a new multi-purpose Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Trailer.
Procurement of this new vehicle is in line with the USMC Force Design 2030’s light fleet modernisation effort.
The new JLTV-Trailer has an independent suspension system, enabling it to carry more weight while offering enhanced off-road mobility over the current legacy light tactical trailer fleet.
Furthermore, the new trailer can operate with closed combat weapon carrier, general purpose heavy guns carrier and utility JLTV variants.
It is designed to support general purpose cargo and tactical generator mobility missions.
MCSC Logistics Combat Element Systems portfolio JLTV Systems team lead major Elena Vallely said: “There will be improved trafficability, durability and payload that provides an increased capability in line with light fleet modernisation of JLTV fleet.”
According to Vallely, the USMC is planning to procure and field up to 4,000 trailers.
Fielding of JLTV trailers to all three active-duty Marine infantry divisions and Marine Expeditionary Units is expected to commence this summer.
The trailer’s fielding activities will be carried out by the MCSC’s JLTV programme team.
During this process, the team will ensure that marines receive on-site support from field service representatives of trailer’s manufacturer.
Furthermore, the team will provide new equipment training instructors and key personnel to marines.
Vallely added: “The new trucks and new trailers we’ll be procuring, and fielding will be green.
“Over the course of the next year we’ll be seeing a transition of the vehicle fleet to a green truck with green trailer configuration.”
This green paint scheme is expected to help shift the JLTV fleet from desert warfare to tropical environments, where Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concepts could be employed.