If the name AM General rings a bell to you, it should. The company was the manufacturer of the original HMWWV, better known among service members as the Humvee, and among civilians as the Hummer H1. The Hummvee is slated for replacement under the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program and AM General has thrown its hat into the ring.

Its entry is the BRV-O, which stands for Blast-Resistant Vehicle Off-Road, and its being shown as part of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the JLTV program at the Defense Industrial Base Expo in Warren, Michigan. The BRV-O features a sequentially-turbocharged 3.2-liter diesel six-cylinder engine producing 300 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, engineered and manufactured by in-house subsidiary General Engine Products. The BRV-O also features a self-leveling suspension system, energy-absorbing seats, a 3500-lb payload and 49 cubic feet of stowage space, and will be available in multiple configurations depending on need and usage.

AM General isn't the only player in the game, however. As we reported previously, Navistar, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems have all submitted JLTV proposals as well. Up to three different vehicles could be selected to be part of the U.S. military fleet. The EMD phase represents a significant commitment by contractors, as it requires 22 prototypes be delivered for testing.

Source: AM General