US to Supply IDF with 75 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

The armor for these vehicles is made by Israeli company Plasan, through its subsidiary, Plasan North America

US to Supply IDF with 75 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

Photo: Oshkosh Defense website

The US will provide Israel with 75 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) manufactured by American Oshkosh Defense. The American website Bloomberg reports that these vehicles will be provided as part of the large military aid package to Israel initiated by the Biden administration. The armor for these vehicles is made by Israeli company Plasan, through its subsidiary, Plasan North America. The deal's value is about $30 million, based on a price of about 400,000 dollars for a single vehicle.

A couple of years ago, the IDF made a decision to purchase a version produced by AM GENERAL, the original manufacturer of the Humvee. A significant commonality between the AM GENERAL’s and Oshkosh’s versions is their reliance on Plasan for developing their armor.

In July 2023, IsraelDefense reported that Plasan was selected by AM General as a subcontractor in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production project and will supply subcomponents worth about $300 million for these vehicles.

The IDF received vehicles from Oshkosh’s version, which boasts features such as a 6,600cc turbo diesel engine based on General Motors’ Duramax, an automatic six-speed transmission, and a maximum speed of 110 km/h. These robust vehicles can be armed with a machine gun and anti-tank missiles.

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