AM General to Introduce JLTV A2 for US Army at AUSA 2023 Defense Exhibition in Washington DC

AM General, the renowned American manufacturer of light tactical vehicles with a tech and engineering hub in Auburn Hills, is set to unveil three cutting-edge military vehicles at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Exposition. This event, scheduled from October 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will showcase the company's latest JLTV A2 and a Trailer equipped with a Bulk Water System.
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U.S. Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force Support Battalion maneuver a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle around a driving course during Gladius Forge 23.2 at LZ Egret, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, September 26, 2023. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The company will debut the all-new JLTV A2 and Trailer with a Bulk Water System, the HUMVEE Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle concept, and the HUMVEE Next Generation Shop Equipment Contact Maintenance truck (HUMVEE 2-CT SECM).

In May 2023, the U.S. Army awarded AM General a $4.7 billion contract for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, trailers, kits, and services that will support JLTV production.

“Participating in AUSA allows us to foster the strong relationships we have forged with our customers and industry partners,” says Jim Cannon, president and CEO of AM General. “The show provides an opportunity for us to reinforce our commitment to those who serve to protect us by showcasing innovative solutions and capabilities that support them and their mission.”

The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JTLV A2) features additional enhancements over the first-generation model as well as new exterior design cues. Key changes include an upgraded powertrain, simplified electrical architecture which can accommodate future hybridization, improvements in noise reduction, and improved corrosion protection.

The company also will display the JLTV-T Trailer which will feature Navistar Defense’s proposed solution for the U.S. Army’s Water Bison program.

In addition, AM General will introduce the HUMVEE Charge hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) concept that is designed to deliver exportable power, silent drive/silent watch capabilities, and enhanced fuel efficiency for extended-range driving.

The three driving modes consist of a diesel internal combustion engine (ICE), a hybrid powertrain that adds the use of an electric motor to the ICE, and an all-electric motor to power the vehicle for different missions from disaster relief to special operations requiring silent mobility.

Based off the iconic HUMVEE platform, the HUMVEE Charge has been upgraded with a new semi-active suspension that increases wheel travel by 50 percent, while providing an increase in gross vehicle weight rating. The HUMVEE Charge is a plug-in HEV that takes advantage of commercial off-the-shelf components to charge off Level 1 or Level 2/3 fast chargers.

The HUMVEE 2-CT SECM truck also will be displayed at AUSA. As the prime contractor and, in partnership with Rock Island Arsenal, AM General states it will deliver quality and consistency in the HUMVEE 2-CT SECM manufacturing process by applying its Quality Management System across the entire enterprise which includes production parts suppliers, chassis and shelter production, and integrated vehicle testing.

The next generation mobile maintenance platform allows for combat, tactical, ground support, and aviation equipment needed for maneuvering and supporting units to be easily maintained in situational environments.

Key features include on-board exportable power provided by vehicle power, the NATO slave cable, and the onboard inverter as well as commercial off-the-shelf equipment and work tools. Production of the HUMVEE 2-CT SECM began in the summer of 2023.

Defense News October 2023