Oshkosh Defense to Showcase Advanced Vehicles and Technologies at AUSA 2011
October 6, 2011 |
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Oct. 6, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will present its latest vehicle innovations for the U.S. Army at the AUSA 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. The Oshkosh vehicles on display, including the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) tactical ambulance and the TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, demonstrate the company’s ability to meet the Army’s needs through innovative, cost-effective solutions.
“Our extensive experience with the U.S. Army’s military vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan gives us a real appreciation for the operational challenges facing our customer,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Our understanding of those challenges, combined with our expertise as the Army’s heavy and medium tactical wheeled vehicle and M-ATV supplier, gives us tremendous insight as our nation approaches leaner defense budgets. We remain committed to delivering exceptional value to the Army – from production through the entire life cycle, whatever the fleet.”
The L-ATV builds on the success of proven technologies, advanced armor solutions and expeditionary levels of mobility, bringing new levels of protection and maneuverability to the battlefield in the form of a light-duty vehicle.
The L-ATV uses the Oshkosh TAK-4i™ intelligent suspension system to deliver new levels of off-road mobility. Its armored capsule is optimized for protection, weight and mobility, and can accept multiple armor configurations to protect troops from IEDs and other threats. An optional Oshkosh ProPulse® diesel-electric hybrid powertrain can maximize the L-ATV’s efficiency through improved fuel economy, high levels of exportable power – both stationary and on the move – and lower life-cycle costs.
The M-ATV tactical ambulance was developed based on a need identified for a vehicle that allows medics to reach and care for injured troops in challenging operating environments. The M-ATV tactical ambulance delivers the same protected mobility as the M-ATV base and accommodates four patients, up to two of whom can be on litters, for optimal capacity and configuration flexibility. The vehicle is the lightest, most mobile MRAP ambulance available to the U.S. military, and two litter-bound patients can be loaded into the vehicle in less than two minutes for minimal exposure to enemy fire.
The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is designed to retain a vehicle’s original payload and performance capabilities. Designed as a scalable kit, it can be integrated on vehicles, including those built by other manufacturers, as they are produced or retrofitted on existing vehicle fleets. The TerraMax technology can function in the same weather conditions and operating environments as manned vehicles, requiring minimal human interaction and operator training.
The FMTV wrecker, also on display at AUSA, was developed to provide the U.S. Army and National Guard recovery capabilities for medium and light tactical wheeled vehicles in the most extreme conditions. The wrecker uses a retrieval system that has been proven in the field for more than 25 years on multiple Oshkosh vehicles, including the U.S. Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) as well as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR).
AUSA attendees will have an opportunity to support the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that provides compassionate care, free of charge, for the families of fallen military members, by signing a wall at Oshkosh’s booth. Oshkosh will donate $2 to TAPS for every signature collected until it reaches a goal of $100,000. TAPS has provided support to more than 30,000 family members since 1994. Oshkosh Defense has a long-standing history of supporting military members and families, both in the field and back at home, through charitable giving and program support.
“We hope that everyone attending AUSA this year will stop by the Oshkosh booth to sign the signature wall and show their support for the families of America’s fallen military heroes,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and president. “We are grateful to Oshkosh for their generous support of TAPS. Oshkosh’s efforts will help TAPS provide comfort and care for so many families who are grieving the death of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces.”
Oshkosh executives will be available to discuss the vehicles, technologies and sustainment services at booth #7328 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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