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Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)

Last Revised: August 11, 2017, 10:11 am
  • U.S. Marines assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program, conduct Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) training at Story Live Fire Complex, South Korea, June 9, 2017. Marines familiarize and drive through different terrain to enhance their capabilities with UTV’s. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs)
    U.S. Marines assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program, conduct Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) training at Story Live Fire Complex, South Korea, June 9, 2017. Marines familiarize and drive through different terrain to enhance their capabilities with UTV’s. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs)
Description: 

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.

Operational Impact: 

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. 

Program Milestone Status: 

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.  

Program Procurement: 
IOC Scheduled for 2nd Qtr. FY17 IOC is defined as when the system is fully fielded to the designated unit(s); the unit is fully trained and judged to be combat ready; and the maintenance & support personnel, infrastructure, are in place to support the unit (to include spares/repair parts, test, measurement and diagnostic equipment, as outlined in fielding agreements and to the total package fielding process) in accordance with applicable readiness reporting guidelines. UTV defines IOC as the total package fielding of eighteen (18) vehicles to one (1) infantry regiment. FOC Scheduled for3rd Qtr. FY17 FOC shall be attained when select regiments have been fully fielded; and Marines are considered proficient in the operation of the family of UTVs and considered combat deployable with the system. UTV defines FOC as the total package fielding of one hundred forty-four (144) vehicles to eight (8) infantry regiments, eighteen (18) vehicles per regiment.
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