The Oshkosh Truck Corporation 10x10 Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) supersedes the Marine Corps heavy-tactical wheeled vehicle, the Logistics Vehicle System (LVS) that have been in USMC use since 1985. The LVSR was designed to be the heavy-tactical distribution system for the USMC, employed throughout the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) in the Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Marine Divisions (MAR DIVs) and Marine Aircraft Wings (MAWs).
Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR). Photo: Oshkosh Defense.
The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) is the Marine Corps heavy fleet vehicle system for transporting bulk and break-bulk cargo, bulk fuel and water, bridging, ISO containers, flatracks and ammunition. Three variants are produced: cargo, tractor, and wrecker. More detailed information and photos of the variants are on the linked Olive-Drab.com pages:
Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) History
After building a prototype of the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) from an existing Logistics Vehicle System (LVS), the first US Marine Corps formal solicitation for the LVSR program was in 2002. Contract awards were made for the LVSR System Development and Demonstration Phase (SD&D) on 23 March 2004. Two vendors were selected for this phase: American Truck Corporation (Tatra subsidiary, McLean, VA) and Oshkosh Truck Corporation (Oshkosh, WI). The contracts were the first phase of a two-part acquisition competition for up to 1,022 vehicles, with three trucks delivered by each vendor to the Marines in Phase I for extensive durability and performance testing over twelve months.
On 31 May 2006, Oshkosh Truck Corporation was awarded a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) truck and associated manuals, vehicle kits, test support and training. Oshkosh was to build 22 cargo variant LRIP vehicles for Production Verification Testing (PVT) and Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E). The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract had an estimated value of $740.2 million based on a production quantity of 1,592 units. Under this contract, the Marine Corps could purchase a maximum quantity of 1,900 cargo, wrecker and fifth-wheel LVSR variants over six years.
Full-rate LVSR production began in December 2008. CONUS fielding of the LVSR began in April 2009 for user trials and testing. In June 2009, Oshkosh Defense held a ceremony at their Oshkosh, WI manufacturing facility to mark the delivery of the first operational LVSR to the Marines. LVSR vehicles then went to the Marine Expeditionary Forces (I MEF at Camp Pendleton, CA, and II MEF at Camp Lejeune, NC) and in late August 2009, fielding was completed at III MEF in Okinawa.
On 21 Oct 2009 Oshkosh Defense announced that the first Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) had been deployed with the US Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Two additional vehicles were delivered by the end of October, all three vehicles being LVSR cargo variants.
As of October 2009, the Marine Corps planed to acquire 1,592 LVSRs in cargo, wrecker and fifth-wheel variants. According to Oshkosh Defense, 635 LVSR cargo units were already committed under contract along with 13 LVSR tractor variants and 11 wrecker units. As of December 2010, announced LVSR program orders totaled $547.7 million, for 1,265 trucks.
Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) General Information
The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) will increase mobility, maintainability, and reliability
for the heavy fleet, while increasing off-road payload to 8 tons. The three LVSR variants (cargo, tractor, wrecker) will replace the current five LVS variants. The cargo variant will be fielded prior to the LVSR tractor and wrecker
variants which are options on the LVSR cargo variant production contract.
The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) utilizes technology developed for the MTVR, the Palletized Load System (PLS), and other Oshkosh heavy trucks. LVSR shares common parts with the existing military vehicles, a fact that simplifies logistics and provides a pipeline of existing parts and supplies for LVSR.
The LVSR cab-forward design provides for a two man-crew. The cab has integral armor incorporated into the cab floor to provide protection from mine blast. In addition, a removal armor kit can be added to the cab providing additional protection against improvised explosive devices and small arms fire.
All LVSR variants use a 600-horsepower CAT diesel engine, a seven speed automatic transmission, single-speed transfer case, front tandem steering and driving axles, triple rear driving axles (two steerable), 16R20 single radial tires on all axles, and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS). All vehicles are equipped with tiedown and lifting provisions, and a pintle hook used for towing selected trailers up to 53,000 pounds of gross trailer weight.
The 10x10 LVSR vehicle is equipped with the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system, also used by the MTVR. It has enhanced maneuverability from its four-axle steering capabilities and makes a complete 360-degree turn in approximately 84 feet.
Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) trucks are designed to operate in extreme temperatures such as arctic weather conditions down to -50°F (with Arctic Kit) and tropical conditions to +125°F.
LVSR kiits include add-on armor kit, weapons mount, MCTAGS, machinegun and ammo, run flat kit, arctic kit, and communications installation kit.