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Sep 10, 2016

OSHKOSH truckmaker * USA: New military Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

* Wiscosin - Gun Truck: Oshkosh unveils 30mm chaingun JLTV for Army recon

... Oshkosh is rolling out the much-awaited upgunned variant of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, meant to scout ahead of Army infantry... The Army and Marines have long planned to purchase over 50,000 JLTVs to replace vulnerable Humvees and cumbersome and often road-bound MRAPs. Originally, though, they were just going to be armed with .50 caliber (12.7 mm) heavy machineguns, 7.62 mm light machineguns, grenade launchers, and maybe anti-tank missiles, basically the same mix as the Humvee... Fitting a 30mm chaingun — normally used on Apache attack helicopters — onto a relatively small truck is a big deal. The extra range and firepower allows commanders to employ the vehicle much more aggressively — for example, as a forward scout moving out fast and well ahead of the main force... 
 (Oshkosh photo: JLTV with 30 mm M230 chaingun)  --  Oshkosh, WIS, USA - Breaking Defense, by SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR. - September 09, 2016

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