Oshkosh Defense Global Aftermarket Capabilities Ready to Provide in-Theater M-ATV Support
OSHKOSH, Wis. — June 5, 2009 — With a potential order of 2,080 to 10,000 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), U.S. Armed Forces will benefit from an extensive aftermarket program to support vehicle operations on Afghanistan’s rugged terrain. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), boasts a full range of global aftermarket capabilities to meet these needs.
Oshkosh Defense has the ability to provide the complete spectrum of service and support to the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theater. Fully trained Oshkosh personnel are available to conduct training, maintenance, repair or supply services for any of the Armed Forces utilizing the Oshkosh® M-ATV vehicle. Building on their experience from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oshkosh personnel can even construct and operate service facilities on any of the forward operating bases that might require more support than internal assets can provide.
“Our aftermarket parts and service support in the region means less vehicle downtime and reduced costs for our military customers,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. “Whether the demand is for replacement parts, remanufactured vehicles or technical support, our global team can help the soldiers and Marines in the field with a full range of aftermarket capabilities for the M-ATV to keep their missions on the move.”
To support extended operations, major repair and refurbishment centers could be set up to rebuild severely damaged or worn vehicles. Oshkosh has already proven this concept in the Jahra Service Facility in Kuwait, where the company has been performing work on the Theater-Provided Equipment Refurbishment (TPER) program. The TPER program refurbishes the entire family of heavy and line-haul vehicles operating in Iraq, and returns them to fully mission-capable status. Partnering with the military, Oshkosh uses the facility to repair and refurbish vehicles that are highly worn due to battle damage, high mileage, extended usage and extreme temperatures.
The Oshkosh M-ATV offering is equipped with TAK-4® independent suspension system, which also is used on the U.S. Marine Corps’ Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR), as well as the U.S. Army’s modernized Palletized Load System (PLSA1). The Oshkosh M-ATV’s TAK-4 system is the only proven and mission-ready independent suspension designed for off-road operations, and has undergone more than 400,000 miles of government testing.
TAK-4 provides the Oshkosh M-ATV with a 70 percent off-road mission profile capability and allows it to thrive in Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain. Oshkosh recently received a contract to retrofit more than 1,500 existing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles with the TAK-4 independent suspension system. The upgrades will enable these MRAPs to be used off-road in the arduous environment of Afghanistan. Oshkosh also is working with the government and other original MRAP manufacturers to increase the off-road mobility of existing MRAP vehicles.
Additionally, the Oshkosh M-ATV features commonality with existing vehicles, including the PLS, MTVR, LVSR, MRAP vehicles and the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), which ensures parts will be readily available within the logistics system.
Oshkosh Defense delivers the M-ATV with the survivability, mobility, mission-proven and production-ready solutions required for Afghanistan.
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™, Geesink™, Norba™, Kiggen™, 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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