JHSV Selection


CDK Mobile Systems has been awarded a contract by Austal USA to supply the Container Load Trailer (CLT) system for the US Military Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program. The JHSV is capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, operating in shallow waters and reaching speeds in excess of 35 knots fully loaded. The vessels will be a joint-use platform between the United States Army and Navy. The first 5 JHSVs are under contract and options for five additional vessels are expected by 2013.

The CLT system is a self loading handling and transport system for ISO Containers and Military Tactical Shelters. When attached to the ends of a container, it lifts them up to ride height using its own on-board diesel engines, so they can be towed by standard military vehicles. The lift height is adjustable at each end to enhance loading up aircraft and ship ramps. CLTs are used by Military Forces in more than 20 countries including the USA.

As part of the JHSV program, CLTs will be used to pick up ISO containers on the supply dock, load them up the vessel ramp and set them in place for transit, and unload them at their final destination.