First Oshkosh M-ATVs on the Ground in Afghanistan Protecting Warfighters
October 5, 2009 |
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Oct. 5, 2009 — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today that the first MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) are on the ground and in theater in Afghanistan. The vehicle’s delivery comes just three months after Oshkosh was awarded the M-ATV contract.
Oshkosh designed the combat vehicle based on a battle-proven platform, incorporating superior survivability and suspension technology to provide the protection and mobility needed for missions in the mountainous terrain in Afghanistan. Having so far received awards valued at $2.3 billion for 4,296 M-ATVs, spare parts and support services, Oshkosh has delivered vehicles ahead of the government’s schedule every month and is on its way to ramping up production to 1,000 vehicles per month by this December.
“Protecting our Warfighters is the number one priority at Oshkosh, and the delivery of the M-ATVs earlier than initial estimates is a testament to our employees’ dedication to meeting our customer’s needs,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. “The rapid rate at which we are producing these vehicles is the result of a companywide commitment to answer the urgent need of our men and women in Afghanistan.”
The Oshkosh® M-ATV is based on the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) platform and uses the advanced Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system to give the vehicle a 70 percent off-road profile capability for exceptional operation on Afghanistan’s rugged cross-country terrain and unimproved roads. The TAK-4 system also is being retrofitted on more than 2,400 legacy MRAPs for improved mobility in Afghanistan and is featured on more than 10,000 MTVRs. The system is also used on the Army’s next-generation Palletized Load System (PLS) and the Marine Corps’ Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR).
Oshkosh Defense teamed with Plasan North America to provide an advanced armor solution for the M-ATV. Plasan also developed the armor system used on more than 5,000 legacy MRAPs and thousands of Oshkosh MTVR Armored Cabs already in theater.
Oshkosh Defense is the leading manufacturer of both medium and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles in the U.S. defense industry. More than 67,000 military-class vehicles have been produced in the company’s manufacturing facilities.
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 Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI™, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, 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, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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