Oshkosh Defense Awarded Contract for Two Production-Ready M-ATVs for Military Testing
March 6, 2009 |
OSHKOSH, Wis. — March 6, 2009 — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for government purchase of the two production-ready Oshkosh® MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) that were delivered on Feb. 23. This contract award is one of the required phases in the U.S. military’s evaluation of M-ATV submissions.
The contract, valued at $1 million, was awarded after the Oshkosh vehicles met the government’s initial design requirements for the M-ATV program, including weight, crew support and survivability. Based on the mobile and mission-proven Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) chassis with TAK-4® independent suspension and featuring a combat-tested armor system from Plasan North America for superior crew protection, the Oshkosh M-ATV will now undergo military testing.
“With the first milestone behind us, we look forward to further government evaluation that will prove the Oshkosh M-ATV is an exceptional solution for the challenges facing our soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. “In addition to Oshkosh Defense’s unmatched production capabilities, which will allow for a timely vehicle turnaround, the non-developmental Oshkosh M-ATV boasts combat-proven vehicle components and technologies to make it the most durable off-road vehicle for this program.”
Upon completion of successful military testing, Oshkosh could be awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for three additional production-ready vehicles for further testing. The IDIQ contract is the same contract from which the government would award Oshkosh full production of an anticipated 2,080 M-ATVs.
Oshkosh Defense delivers the M-ATV with the survivability, mobility, mission-proven and production-ready solutions required for Afghanistan. The combat-proven MTVR chassis has been successfully operating for many years in the most difficult off-road missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.
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, (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.