The future of the U.S. Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program might be powered by a Ford V8. BAE Systems, Northrup Grumman and Meritor Defenses said this afternoon that their proposed light fighting vehicle, which is called the Valanx, will have a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel engine under its steel hood. (And likely a .50 cal on its roof.)

If it's good enough for the Super Duty, it's good enough for a Call of Duty.

"Ford products have a reputation for dependability and performance, even under challenging conditions," said Ann Hoholick, BAE Systems Vice President of Amphibious & New Programs in the release.

Ford had dropped out of the JLTV program, which is searching for the next fighting machine to replace the venerable Humvee for the U.S. military. Ford is not a partner with the group but did provide a statement this afternoon.

"We're proud of Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engines and their best-in-class power, durability and fuel economy," said Ford spokesman Mike Levine. "And we are proud the engines were chosen to be part of BAE's JLTV entry."

Let's just hope that engine is as bulletproof.
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BAE Systems-Led Team to Submit Proposal for JLTV EMD Phase

Affordable Valanx to be powered by Ford's class-leading PowerStroke® diesel engine

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems, along with teammates Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defense, announced today that they plan to submit tomorrow a proposal for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.

"Our JLTVs are protected and survivable, light enough for transport by air or sea, and agile on road and off. Most importantly, they are affordable. This is truly a vehicle that is going to meet the needs of our service men and women."

"We kept the best from the Technology Development phase and applied it to our EMD vehicles, and we've made refinements to perform even better," said Glenn Lamartin, BAE Systems JLTV Capture Lead. "Our JLTVs are protected and survivable, light enough for transport by air or sea, and agile on road and off. Most importantly, they are affordable. This is truly a vehicle that is going to meet the needs of our service men and women."

As part of its proposal, BAE Systems is proud to announce the selection of a Ford Motor Company engine to power our JLTV family of vehicles-the Power Stroke® 6.7 liter turbocharged diesel with class-leading fuel economy and the best horsepower and torque of any engine in its class. This is the same engine Ford designed, engineered, and built to power its F-Series Super Duty® trucks.

"We have worked hard over the last year to strengthen our team and our offer, bringing together the best of the defense and automotive industries," said Ann Hoholick, BAE Systems Vice President of Amphibious & New Programs. "Ford products have a reputation for dependability and performance, even under challenging conditions. With their experience in commercial trucks, we see this as a great fit for our JLTV offer. It's a win for us and a win for our valued customers."

The government plans to award up to three EMD contracts in June of this year. The EMD phase of the JLTV program entails the delivery of 22 prototype vehicles and other equipment for testing, and it brings the U.S. Army and Marine Corps closer to a final vehicle to support and benefit our warfighters.

About Meritor Defense

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 10,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries.

About Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.


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      Your Highness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't the Super Duty platform used on an Israeli vehicle, the Sandcat or something like that. I've heard it was (not sure if they are still made) or are quite monsters on the desert terrain. But nice to know Mike Levine is doing very well at Ford Motor Company. I hear him giving press info quite a bit from their truck division. A truly class guy!
      A2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perfect to hide behind and shoot. It will help keep our homeland streets safe from those anti government protesters and wave makers. l
      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      One tire and wheel must cost 2k.
        rstonnerdd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rollie
        But just think how easy it would be to get 22' rims under them!
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about that for a jobs plan. Millions of mechanics can now go to work for the US Government!
      car-a-holic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reputation for durability???? Hmm that's wierd. I'm sure all the former ford-navistar new Chevy and dodge owners wholey agree!! Hehehe
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 6.7L's legendary reliability? Hmmm, didn't it launch in 2011? If you want to talk legendary, I think Cummins has that one all sown up in the light truck market. Go to a pulling competition and see what brands are represented, it will be split about 50/50 Cummins and Duramax. No one would dare put a Powerstroke through that, they blow enough head gaskets when stock.
        Jon Bowen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        become educated then come back
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jon Bowen
          Downvote all you want, but nothing is legendary after three years on the market. You need to educate yourself about the durability of Powerstrokes, since obviously you've never been closer to one than having one idle beside you in traffic.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Dude you are completely wrong about the introduction date of the 6.7 liter. I can't believe you could be so insanely tarded. What the heck is wrong with you. It was mid 2010. lol just wanted to make a big deal out of it for no big reason. Lol the 6.7 is a solid motor though!
        p.berardi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Try Duramax head bolts!
      Luke Scrase
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes our "superpower" status.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Paint it white and it's the perfect stormtrooper vehicle for the Imperial military. What have we become?
      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet. I was sold on the durability of Ford's 6.7l V8 when I was deployed to Iraq and was exposed to how Iraqi Policemen treated their Ford Super Duty trucks. I saw stuff like mixing water and cooking oil with the engine oil and running them with bad air filters or no air filters at all in a desert environment. They were literally trying to kill these trucks and they just took the abuse.
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford probably undercut Cummins on price, otherwise there's no reason to go with the powerstroke.
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHY?!?! i have worked for several landscaping companies and they all used fords minus one company who only used GM trucks. And the GM trucks had over 150k miles on em and were bullet proof.. while the Fords had around 60k miles on them and they were ALWAYS in the shop. When i interned for one company they had just bought 2 2012s and they were already breaking down when i was there... glad to know they are giving our military "the best" shake my head, this is just wrong. glad to know they went to go with the cheap crap.
        pwr2lbs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylz
        Funny you should say that. My father is a logger, and I used to have to help him unload his Chevy "work supplied truck" and load it all into his Ford so he could get to work. I guess everyone on each side of the argument has a story like this...
      Travis Miles
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is exciting. I thought Ford decided against doing a JLTV because of missing the deadline. Nevertheless, this is great. $54 billion here they come!!!!!
        Travis Miles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travis Miles
        Oh ok. Just read it. Only being sourced for the engine not actually building the whole product as initially planned.
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