Ford Could Offer the Future US Army’s Light Fighting Vehicle image

BAE Systems, Northrup Grumman and Meritor Defenses proposed a Ford V8, called Valanx, to be the U.S. Army’s light fighting vehicle.

The proposal will be submitted tomorrow, March 28th, for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.

“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.”

Valanx, will have a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine under its steel hood, with class-leading fuel economy and the best horsepower and torque of any engine in its class, the same engine designed for to power Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks. Three vehicles will be selected by the government by the end of the current Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) stage of the process, and the winners will be announced in June.