Oshkosh M-ATV Surpasses 3,000 Miles of On- and Off-Road Testing
April 22, 2009 |
OSHKOSH, Wis. — April 22, 2009 — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today its MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) has successfully undergone more than 3,000 miles of durability testing, including more than 1,000 miles of accelerated off-road testing. Oshkosh Defense is conducting the testing at the Nevada Automotive Test Center independent of current government testing.
“We are putting the Oshkosh M-ATV to the test in on- and off-road environments using our own time and resources to ensure it is the best vehicle for the Warfighter,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. “This vehicle features mission-proven components and technologies, including our TAK-4® independent suspension system, and can go the distance in even the most difficult terrains.”
Oshkosh Defense delivered two production-ready vehicles on Feb. 23 for government testing and will deliver three additional vehicles for further testing if awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. Oshkosh is performing 10,000 miles of independent testing to assure that its M-ATV is ready for the rough Afghanistan terrain and to identify further enhancements to the vehicle. Company testing will continue through the pre-contract award phase.
The Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system, featured on more than 10,000 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR) used by the U.S. Marine Corps, provides the M-ATV with superior off-road mobility for the rugged and mountainous terrain encountered in places like Afghanistan. Oshkosh Defense recently received a $122 million order to supply its TAK-4 system for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to improve off-road mobility.
The Oshkosh M-ATV is delivered with the survivability, mobility, mission-proven and production-ready solutions required for Afghanistan. The vehicle is based on the combat-proven Oshkosh MTVR chassis, which has been successfully operating for many years in the most difficult off-road missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. It features a combat-tested armor system from Plasan North America for superior crew protection.
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.