Oshkosh Defense to Debut M-ATV Equipped With TOW Weapon System at AUSA Winter 2011
February 21, 2011 |
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Feb. 21, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will unveil an MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Multi-Mission Vehicle (MMV) equipped with Raytheon’s tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) weapon system at AUSA Winter 2011 in booth 1601. The M-ATV’s off-road capabilities offer the military the potential to take the TOW system beyond forward operating bases and into mountainous, challenging landscapes in places like Afghanistan.
“The exceptional tactical mobility that the M-ATV family of vehicles affords the armed forces has led to new opportunities to provide support in other capacities, including weapon systems,” said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “We designed new M-ATV variants in a collaborative manner with our customers, just as we did with the base vehicle, and we remain prepared for a quick-turnaround production as needed.”
The TOW system is a long-range precision weapon system used on ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms. The system is in service with more than 40 countries and integrated on more than 15,000 platforms worldwide. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV MMV variant to support missile-carrier, reconnaissance and command-and-control operations.
In addition to the M-ATV MMV, Oshkosh also is continuing to explore new potential mission solutions for the M-ATV family of vehicles with the design of the M-ATV 2.5 Cargo variant to support resupply operations. The company currently produces the M-ATV base, tactical ambulance variant and Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) variant for the U.S. military.
Also at AUSA Winter, Oshkosh will have a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) equipped with the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system and a V-shaped hull. The upgrades – developed in response to the Army’s request to industry for solutions to recapitalize its fleet – offer improved survivability, increased mobility and a restored payload capacity. Oshkosh has been helping militaries recapitalize and retrofit vehicles for more than 50 years. The company also will have a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) wrecker variant on display outside the convention center during the show.
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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