Oshkosh Defense Features Advanced Military Vehicles, Support for the National Guard’s Annual Conference
50,000 dollar donation to the National Guard Youth Foundation supports program for at-risk youth
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 26, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will feature several advanced military-class vehicles and technologies at the 133rd NGAUS Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 27-29 in Milwaukee, Wis. Among the vehicles on display will be a light, armored concept vehicle, the Light Combat Tactical Vehicle (LCTV), designed to give troops new levels of protection and off-road mobility on harsh terrain.
“The vehicles we provide to the National Guard in all 50 states play an important role supporting the Guard on the battlefield during deployment, and also in disaster recovery and homeland security missions in the U.S. and abroad,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Oshkosh is the primary provider of the National Guard’s heavy and medium-payload vehicles, and we are focusing our expertise to deliver a new generation of lighter vehicles that offer more protection, functionality and fuel economy.”
Examples of Oshkosh’s technical advancements are incorporated into its LCTV – the world’s first military class vehicle to successfully complete the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico last year. The LCTV is equipped with a next-generation TAK-4® independent suspension system, which provides 20 inches of independent wheel travel, as well as the Oshkosh ProPulse® hybrid diesel-electric powertrain, which delivers up to 120 kW of military-grade exportable power capabilities and up to 20 percent greater fuel economy.
Oshkosh Supports the National Guard Youth Foundation
At the conference, Oshkosh Defense will be commemorating its support and $50,000 donation to the National Guard Youth Foundation to support its Youth ChalleNGe program in 2011. The program gives high school dropouts a second chance, with a 22-week residential phase and a 12-month mentoring phase at 33 ChalleNGe sites across the country.
Also on display at the show will be an Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) A1, MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), and cargo variants of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) recap concept vehicle, and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4. Oshkosh produces the HET for the National Guard to rapidly transport battle tanks, fighting and recovery vehicles, armored vehicles and construction equipment, as well as their crews, so they arrive in mission-ready condition. Oshkosh has delivered more than 8,000 heavily protected, highly mobile M-ATVs to the U.S. Armed Services for operations in Afghanistan. The vehicle uses the TAK-4 suspension for extensive off-road operation and to provide flexibility to allow the vehicle to accept add-on armor and protection kits without sacrificing payload or mobility. The FMTV and HEMTT A4 cargo variants transport equipment, munitions and cargo for critical logistics missions.
Oshkosh executives will be on hand to discuss the vehicles and technologies at booth #139.
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®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, 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, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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