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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps hopes to speed up the purchase of a new vehicle to begin replacing the Humvee in fiscal 2009, said Capt. Jeff Landis, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command.

The Corps had originally planned to test the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle between fiscals 2008 and 2010 before beginning full production, Landis said.

Now, the Corps hopes to begin rolling out the new vehicle in fiscal 2009, based on projected budget figures, Landis said.

“The Humvee is nearing the end of its life cycle, and we look at every opportunity to expedite its replacement,” Landis said.

The Department of the Navy plans to buy 61 JLTVs in fiscal 2009, followed by 465 in fiscal 2010 and 789 the next fiscal year, a Navy budget presentation shows.

In total, the Department of the Navy hopes to purchase 3,377 of the new vehicles through fiscal 2013.

After fiscal 2013, the JLTV will be the primary combat tactical vehicle for Marines, Landis said.

“There’s been some definite emphasis placed on our testing not only for this program but also for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and that’s why we’re going to see faster production and delivery,” Landis said.

Right now, the JLTV is being developed by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Landis said. The vehicle is currently in developmental testing, and its specific requirements have yet to be announced.

A spokesman for TACOM could not comment by deadline Tuesday on the Army’s plans to replace the Humvee.


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