PressTV-US military’s new $50bn tactical vehicle fails tests

The US military’s expensive new tactical vehicle, designed to partially replace the ageing Humvee, is “not operationally suitable,” the US Defense Department’s testers have concluded.

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation for the Defense Department said in its latest annual report that all variants of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) had issues regarding their “reliability, maintenance, crew situational awareness and safety.”

The Pentagon’s testers said the high number of deficiencies meant that the vehicle was “not operationally effective for use in combat and tactical missions.”

According to the report, the close combat version of the JLTV “provides less capability to engage threats with the (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) missiles” compared to the Humvee, which has been battle-tested in various US wars in the Middle East over the past years.

There were also issues with the missile…

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