AxleTech, Eaton Team to Offer JLTV Components

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The Army is expected to release a formal request for proposals for technology development of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV in early 2008. The new vehicle is expected be introduced into service five years later. The army plan to buy at least 38,000 vehicles, with the marines planning to procure additional 14,000. (More...)

A front view of Lockheed Martin's proposed JLTV contender. Photo: Noam Eshel Industry is gearing up for the anticipated competition. This week, Eaton Corporation announced a teaming agreement with AxleTech International to offer a vehicle traction and stability control system for the future JLTV program. The Electronic All-Wheel-Drive System (eAWD) rollover protection system will provides tactical military vehicles with enhanced safety, mobility and maneuverability. It is based on Eaton’s EGerodisc electronic differential technology, which has been successfully applied to commercial sport utility vehicles (SUV). The eAWD system is exclusively integrated and optimized with AxleTech’s drive-train to exceed JLTV performance and safety requirements. It will be combined with AcleTech's planetary wheel-end technology and lightweight materials, for optimal weight and performance.

AxleTech was also a member in the Lockheed Martin led industry group that built the Lockheed Martin's JLTV vehicle demonstrator. Lockheed Martin announced principal team members last week - One member is Alcoa Defense will supply materials knowledge, design services and aluminum components that will give the vehicle its structural strength at reduced weight. Another principal team member is BAE Mobility and Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings) which will provide the advanced armor solutions, and production facilities for high volume assembly.

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