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Army begins testing new combat truck at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Army begins testing new combat truck at Aberdeen Proving Ground

The cab of the military truck still had that new-car smell.

The Army, working on the successor to the long-serving Humvee to carry troops to fight around the world, is testing the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Col. Morris Bodrick, commander of the Aberdeen Test Center, said Monday the JLTV will be tested for performance and reliability over the next year on the 50-odd miles of test track that wind around the Army installation in Harford County.

The Humvee became an icon of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, but it proved vulnerable in Afghanistan and Iraq to roadside bombs.

Efforts to imrpove the vehicle's armor — adding metal plates to...

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