U.S. Marine Corps Employs Latest JLTV During Northern Viper Training in Japan

The U.S. Marine Corps uses its latest Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) during training on Hokudaien Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan.

For the first time, JLTVs from the 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, had been used during this year’s training in Japan.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command previously reported that the 3rd Marine Division had acquired the new JLTV on Okinawa, Japan, which can substitute the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) currently being employed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Northern Viper is a regularly scheduled training train that’s designed to enhance the collective defense capacities of the U.S. and Japan Coalition by exposing members of both forces to intense coaching in an austere setting, allowing them to hone their skills in any clime and place,” the 3rd Marine Division message states.

As know-how progresses, so does the weight requirement to hold new equipment to sustain and shield Marines to fulfill missions. HMMWVs are being overloaded previous their meant payload, degrading the car’s mobility and range before operational mission failure.

The JLTV trumps the HMMWV in every facet of the triangle: a scalable engine with a base tune that currently doubles the horsepower of the HMMWV; an elevated operating payload to approximately 2,500 more pounds; and elevated natural protection before extra armor kits, which ends up in an increased average car range prior to operational mission failure.

The superior automobile will allow the Division to be more capable and deadly in the Indo-Pacific. The plan is to deploy every JLTV in the Marine Corps by January 2034.