Oshkosh Airport Products Delivers Two H-Series Snow Blowers To Pulkovo International Airport In St. Petersburg
February 3, 2009 |
High-speed blowers ideally suited to airport’s diverse snow removal requirements
OSHKOSH, WIS. (February 3, 2009) – Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK], announced that it delivered two Oshkosh® H- Series™ high-speed blower vehicles to Pulkovo International Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The snow blowers were put into service in December 2008.
The Oshkosh H-Series vehicles replaced European-style blowers of lower capacity. Both Oshkosh high-speed blowers feature a 470 hp chassis engine and 650 hp dedicated blower engine that can throw as much as 5,000 tons (4,534 metric tons) of snow per hour. The blower’s unique hydrostatic-drive ribbon is driven independently from the mechanically driven impeller to allow it to more effectively handle variable snow conditions.
“The Oshkosh global product development strategy for the H-Series platform continues to gain momentum around the globe, including important regions such as Russia, where we already have vehicles on duty at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow,” said Tim Raupp, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products Group president.
“This order from Pulkovo International is a tremendous vote of confidence in both Oshkosh Airport Products and the local support provided by our dealer – CAVAG.” The H-Series snow blowers also offer Command Zone™advanced electronics with an LCD dash pod and Russian language displays and readouts. Moreover, the units feature proprietary, ALL STEER® electronic all-wheel steering systems for unsurpassed maneuverability.
The H-Series provides built-in, advanced safety features, including an emergency stop button for the blower engine and head, a joystick that engages only when the driver is ready, safety interlocks and on-dash error messages that provide valuable safety information to operators.
Pulkovo International is the former Leningrad Airport and is situated 17 km (10.5 miles) south of St. Petersburg’s city center. Located on the Baltic Sea, the airport is the third busiest commercial airport in Russia. The region endures varying conditions that result in a wide range of snows. With its new Oshkosh Airport H-Series™ Snow Blower vehicles, Pulkovo 2 International will be better equipped to face the dry and blowing blizzards, as well as the heavy and wet snowstorms.
Oshkosh dealer CAVAG, located in Moscow, Russia, will provide local service and support. The dealership features factory-trained technicians who have completed H-Series product and operational training.
About Oshkosh Airport Products
The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit www.oshkoshairport.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK], 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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