The UTV is a logistics support vehicle for Active Component infantry regiments that will provide motorized logistics sustainment support and CASEVAC to deployed infantry forces. UTV is lightweight and internally transportable in the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft and CH-53D and CH-53E rotary wing aircraft. It is a vehicle that can be used to support the offload/transport of smaller pieces of equipment, supplies, or personnel in and around different ports or beachheads required in support of logistical operations. Marine personnel operating at different ports require an organic ability to quickly offload smaller pieces of cargo or transport personnel to expedite operations.
The UTV will be employed by the helo companies of the Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs), Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Forces (SP MAGTFs), and the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) as they execute heli borne and tiltrotor operations. The vehicle is to be primarily employed in pairs, and the number employed can be scaled up and down based on of the commander’s mission analysis. This COTS solution will mitigate the infantry battalion support gap, with the ability to operate in remote, rural regions where currently fielded ground mobility platforms are unsuitable due to size, weight, and safety concerns. The UTV will primarily be used as a logistics vehicle to transport ammunition and other break bulk cargo for use by infantry battalions and also be available to execute casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) missions.
The UTV is an Abbreviated Acquisition Program (AAP) in the production and deployment phase. The UTV program completed performance and durability testing in 3rd Qtr. FY16. A field user evaluation was also completed in 1st Qtr. FY16 to evaluate the vehicle's suitability for Marine Corps use. A fielding decision for the UTV is scheduled 2nd Qtr. FY17.