US Marine Corps Rolls Out New Ultra Light Tactical Vehicles

The US Marine Corps Systems Command has begun deploying new Ultra Light Tactical Vehicles (ULTVs) as part of its Force Design 2030 modernization effort.

The initial fielding is being conducted with the First Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California, which received the first ULTV tranche.

The structural roll-out will run until August, followed by other related fielding events throughout the service.

“Fielding the ULTV serves as a signal that the Corps is keeping in stride with the ambitious roadmap laid out in Force Design 2030,” Logistics Combat Element Systems Portfolio Manager Col. John Gutierrez stated.

“This new capability will ultimately help forge a more agile and resilient Corps—one which is empowered to overcome the evolving complexities of modern warfare.”

‘More Than Just a Tactical Vehicle’

ULTV is a modular, off-road vehicle that will eventually replace the US Marine Corps’ retired Utility Task Vehicles.

It is expected to bolster reconnaissance, logistics, and infantry mobility and sustainability.

The system offers a rapid configuration for various use cases, including combat support, command and control, electronic warfare, and casualty missions.

The vehicle is a lightweight solution for operations in austere environments, transportable via CH-53E/K King Stallion or MV-22 Osprey helicopters.

Quantico Base, Va - The ULTV is a modular, off-road, utility vehicle which can be configured to provide logistical support to the FMF, perform casualty evacuation, command and control, and electronic warfare missions. (Marine Corps photo by Ashley Calingo.)
Ultra Light Tactical Vehicle (ULTV) fleet. Photo: Ashley Calingo/US Marine Corps

“The ULTV is more than just a tactical vehicle; it enhances our capabilities across the board, ensuring the success of our mission and the safety of our Marines,” Light Tactical Vehicles Program Manager Jennifer Moore stated.

“The ability to rapidly configure the ULTV to suit diverse mission needs—from logistical support to electronic warfare—enhances our capabilities in previously unimagined ways.”

Force Design 2030

Force Design 2030 aims to integrate new and upgraded capabilities into the Marine Corps, preparing modern warfighters to become “more agile, efficient, and technologically advanced” military assets into the next decade.

“Modernization is a process without a beginning or end. It is continuous and based on our understanding of emerging and evolving threats, the trajectory of technology, and the missions we may be asked to undertake,” a Force Design 2030 annual update said.

“Our continuous efforts to create and sustain warfighting advantage over the longer term will ensure Marine forces remain organized, trained, and equipped to succeed in an ever-evolving operational environment — regardless of clime or place.”

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