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1000 per month production milestone reached for M-ATVs

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Oshkosh Defense
: 24 December, 2009  (Company News)
Oshkosh is continuing to meet delivery demand on the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle order schedule having now surpassed the 1000 vehicle per month milestone
Oshkosh has reached a milestone production rate for the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) of 1,000 vehicles per month on December 18th. The production for December is the sixth consecutive month Oshkosh exceeded delivery requirements. Since being awarded the contract on June 30, 2009, Oshkosh has been steadily ramping up production, and will continue at this rate of 1,000 vehicles per month through May 2010 to deliver the 6,619 vehicles currently under contract.

“Our employee made a great effort to meet the aggressive production timeline for these urgently needed vehicles. These M-ATVs will help improve the safety and mobility of our soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan,” said Robert Bohn, Oshkosh chairman and chief executive officer. “Staying on or ahead of our delivery schedule goes beyond the M-ATV program. It is a core value with every order we receive and every high-quality vehicle we produce here at Oshkosh.”

Oshkosh reached the milestone by using production capacity at existing manufacturing facilities in Oshkosh and McConnellsburg. These and other Oshkosh manufacturing facilities have available production capacity for all current and pending military vehicle programs, including the M-ATV and the US Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) program, as well as any surges in production. Oshkosh uses an integrated assembly line to simultaneously produce as many as 10 vehicle models with 29 variations at its facilities.

In addition to exceeding the M-ATV’s production requirements, Oshkosh has received orders to send its fully trained field service representatives (FSR) to Afghanistan and supply spare-parts kits to provide the full spectrum of life-cycle support that will help sustain the M-ATV program. Oshkosh has the experience and infrastructure in place in the theatre of operation to provide the required level of support, from parts supply to re-manufacturing.

Oshkosh Defence has teamed with Plasan North America to provide an advanced Armour solution for the M-ATV. Plasan also developed the Armour system used on more than 5,000 legacy MRAPs and thousands of Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) Armoured Cabs already in theatre.
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