A team comprised of Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) unveiled its Special Operations Tactical Vehicle. The vehicle will be on display this week at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida. The vehicle is built on Indigen Armor's Non-Standard Tactical Truck platform. This follows Navistar's debut of its candidate for the JLTV contract in March.

But the Special Operations Tactical Vehicle, based on the Special Operations Command Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program, is a different animal than the heavier-duty JLTV program. Navistar's Saratoga platform, which is the basis for its JLTV proposal, is in the 14,000-26,000 pound weight class, whereas the GMV 1.1 is in the 6000-14,000 pound weight class. Overall dimensions and specifications are similar to those for a fullsize truck, but with a few key differences.

The GMV 1.1 vehicle has a 122.5-inch wheelbase, and 76-inch width. Unlike conventional civilian-grade pickups, it has a four-wheel independent suspension, like the JLTV, and outgoing HMMWV (Humvee). The vehicle is powered by Navistar's MaxxForce 6.0-liter turbodiesel V-8 producing 325 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. If those figures sound familiar, the MaxxForce was also the basis for Ford's 6.0-liter PowerStroke engine previously offered in the Super Duty models. Behind the engine is a six-speed automatic Allison transmission. The vehicle has an 85 mph governed top speed, but is capable of over 100 mph un-governed. It also has a 60 percent grade capability, 50 degree approach and 45 degree departure angle, and 36-inch water fording depth capability.

The truck is also designed to be transportable in an MH-47 helicopter, and can accommodate the full C4ISR intelligence and communications technology suite. The GMV 1.1 truck can also be configured for a 3, 5, or 7-man team, and specified with several armor packages for different threat levels.

Source: Navistar Defence, Indigen Armor, SAIC