Oshkosh Defense Delivers 10,000 FMTVs to the U.S. Army in Less Than Two Years
The FMTV program sets records for quality and schedule to serve Army missions at home and abroad
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2012) — The United States Army and Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), today commemorated the production of the 10,000th Oshkosh-built Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck – less than two years after Oshkosh began producing FMTVs under a contract awarded in October 2009. September 30, 2012 will mark a production milestone for Oshkosh Defense as the company will manufacture more vehicles for the FMTV Program than it has ever produced in a single fiscal year.
The U.S. Army and National Guard rely on the FMTV at home and abroad in tactical and combat operations, relief efforts and unit resupply missions. Over the life of the contract, Oshkosh will deliver upwards of $2 billion in cost savings to the Department of Defense through relatively lower priced vehicles that still offer quality and reliability improvements.
“Our number one priority is providing soldiers with very high quality vehicles that meet the Army’s needs,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Delivering the 10,000th vehicle within two years of starting production demonstrates Oshkosh Defense’s commitment to our nation’s defense. The FMTV program is one in a long history of programs that represent our unparalleled support to the men and women in uniform.”
Oshkosh has delivered unprecedented vehicle quality and value through its flexible assembly lines that allow the company to build different vehicles for different programs at any given time. Oshkosh also operates an enterprise-wide supplier network for multiple defense and commercial programs to provide economies of scale across its vehicle portfolio – from snow removal trucks, refuse haulers to fire apparatus and access equipment.
The Oshkosh FMTV is a series of 17 models and 23 configurations ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. The vehicles feature crew-protecting armor and advanced technologies to provide the capability, versatility, mobility and protection to move troops and supplies, recover vehicles and weapon systems or haul equipment wherever the mission requires. Commonality of parts of over 80 percent across chassis variants optimizes logistics efficiency and reduces operational costs. The Long-Term Armor Strategy-compliant cab and other advanced technologies give military personnel the enhanced protection they need to confidently complete their missions.
Oshkosh Defense has received orders for more than 30,000 FMTV trucks and trailers from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC). The five-year requirements contract for the production of trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training, runs through fiscal year 2014.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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