Rheinmetall Defense brought its Weasel Light Reconnaissance Vehicle to Modern Day Marine 2015, hoping the U.S. Army would adopt it for scout units. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)

The U.S. Army has quietly canceled its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle program and decided instead to equip cavalry scout units with the more general-purpose Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Maneuver leaders have been discussing the need for a Light Reconnaissance Vehicle since 2012 at Fort Benning, the home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Scouts need a specialized vehicle with enough firepower to destroy enemy recon formations, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general of Futures at Training and Doctrine Command, told an audience at the 2015 Maneuver Conference at Benning.

The LRV would also allow scout units to provide security for light infantry on an approach march in ground mobility vehicles, McMaster said at the time.

The Army held a two-week vehicle assessment at Benning in August involving six companies as part of a platform demonstration to evaluate prototypes from industry.

But the Army has now effectively canceled the LRV program without notice, and decided instead to equip scout units in infantry brigade combat teams with the service’s long-awaited Humvee replacement — the JLTV, according to an industry source who requested anonymity to…

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