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Oshkosh Truck Awarded $185.9 Million Order by U.S. Marine Corps for Defense Trucks

OSHKOSH, Wis. (February 12, 2004) – Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading manufacturer of trucks and truck bodies, announced today that the company has received approval from the U.S. Marine Corps for full-rate production of Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) wrecker and dump truck models. This approval was accompanied by a contract modification, funded at $185.9 million, for 700 trucks. These vehicles are scheduled to begin delivery in May 2004. Approximately $24 million of the shipments under the contract involved planned deliveries in the second half of fiscal 2004 that were not included in the company’s sales and earnings estimates for fiscal 2004 reported on January 22, 2004.

“The MTVR has redefined the performance possibilities for all military trucks. It has proven its outstanding off-road mobility and reliability on the battlefield, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, we’re very pleased to be manufacturing these two new, high-performance models to support the Marines’ critical mission,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The contract modification includes 274 MTVR wreckers and 426 MTVR dump trucks. The MTVR wrecker is an ultra-performance recovery vehicle used for vehicle towing, battlefield maintenance, recovery and crane operations. It has the best off-road towing capability of any truck in the U.S. Marine Corps’ fleet and will be used to tow five-ton-payload trucks, Humvees and Interim Fast Attack Vehicles to maintenance facilities. This state-of-the-art tow truck is the first defense truck to be equipped with the company’s Command Zone(TM) electronics system, designed to simplify operation and maintenance. The model’s 80,000-pound capacity makes it capable of towing a fully loaded semi truck and trailer rig. The MTVR dump trucks can carry a payload of 14 tons on-road and 6.1 tons off-road.

Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK) is a leading manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies for the defense, fire and emergency, concrete placement and refuse hauling markets. Oshkosh Truck is a Fortune 1000 company with products marketed under the Oshkosh(R), Pierce(R), McNeilus(R), Medtec(R), Geesink and Norba brand names. The company is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wis., and had annual sales of $1.9 billion in fiscal 2003.

To learn more about Oshkosh Truck Corporation, visit its web site at www.oshkoshtruckcorporation.com

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Oshkosh Truck Corporation
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