Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp. company, announced that the Belgium Ministry of Defense has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for 322 Oshkosh Defense Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV) for the Belgium Defense Forces.
Banks Tech, a division of Gale Banks Engineering, manufactures the powerplant, a purpose-built Duramax diesel engine based on the architecture of the truck engine, for the Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (or JLTV for short). The engine drives an Allison 2500SP six-speed automatic transmission and the vehicle also incorporates Oshkosh’s TAK-4i independent suspension.
“Oshkosh Defense is honored that Belgium has chosen to equip its armed forces with the Oshkosh CLV,” said John Bryant, executive vice president, Oshkosh Corp. and president, Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh CLV offers Belgian soldiers the world’s most advanced light military vehicle, delivering next-generation levels of protection, off-road mobility, speed, transportability, and seamless operational and logistical interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.” Belgium joins the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Montenegro in choosing Oshkosh JLTV.