Lockheed Martin Adds Trucks To Business Arsenal

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 23, 2007 at 12:37 AM EDT

Lockheed Martin says the new Lightweight Prime Mover, or LWPM vehicle, will help the U.S. Marine Corps meet the challenges of the modern battlefield.

It's one of a family of vehicles now being made in Owego.

"The vehicle today in the government is a system of systems kind of approach to a vehicle and that's the approach we've taken. It's part of the netcentric battlefield environment that's now part of us," says Louis DeSantis of Lockheed.

The company is expanding business while to handle the changing needs of the military.

It has already developed and created four of these trucks for the Marine Corps.

And it could be asked for up to 120 more.

The design of the vehicle allows it to remain off the ground at all times, allowing it to keep pace with other armored vehicles.

"With the type of terrain that's in these various countries, this is an ideal vehicle because it can handle almost any type of terrain," says DeSantis.

The truck weighs less than 10 thousand pounds.

And can be easily transported from place to place, in or under a helicopter.

Although the vehicle is light, it can haul more than it's fair share.

The light weight vehicle was made to haul a 10 thousand pound gun.

Not only that, it can haul 3 tons of material in the back.

The company is continuing to improve the vehicles.

The LWPM is designed to accept armor kits, which significantly improve troop safety.

In the past 10 months, Lockheed has created and delivered four of these vehicles to the Marine Corps.

The Marines could ask for up to 120 more.

Lockheed has also delivered a demonstration truck to the US Army.

The Army's looking to upgrade requirements for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

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