The Combat Tactical Vehicle (Technology Demonstrator) is a testbed vehicle built by the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC), for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle's Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV), under contact for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The United States Marine Corps is currently testing and evaluating the vehicle at the NATC proving ground in Nevada for cross country mobility. Also included is ballistic testing of several armor solutions.
The vehicle demonstrates several new technologies, such as a fully adjustable front and rear suspension, with 21in wheel travel. The chassis and basic armor are made from aluminum by BAE Systems. The aluminum armor offers high level protection, concentrated throughout the lower hull. A B kit armor package, designed by Plasan, can be fit to protect the higher portions of the cabin. The B kit armor uses a combination of composites and ceramics attached to sockets embedded in the basic vehicle. Blast deflecting structures and seats are used to protect against mine and blast effects.
The engine is a Detroit Diesel/MTU Friedrichshafen 926 turbo-diesel with and torque. There is optional rear wheel steering, along with a central tire inflation system and VFI runflat tires. It is capable of fording water at depth of 30" (60" with preparation). It features electronically controlled braking (ABS) system and electronic stability control (ECS). There is 30 kW onboard electrical power and 10 kW mobile power.