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Armour kit supply order for army M-ATVs

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Oshkosh Defense
: 28 December, 2009  (Application Story)
Oshkosh will supply explosive penetration and rocket-propelled grenade protection armour kits for MRAP all-terrain vehicles in operation overseas by the US Army
Oshkosh Defense has received an order valued at more than $54 million from the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply more than 970 add-on protection kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).

Under the delivery order, Oshkosh will supply more than 170 explosively formed penetrator (EFP) kits through until April 2010 and 800 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) kits through until May 2010. To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at $3.52 billion to deliver 6,619 M-ATVs, as well as spare kits and aftermarket in-theatre support.

The M-ATV provides exceptional protection capabilities for the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and these add-on Armour kits will only further improve upon those capabilities, said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defence. A flexible design and advanced independent suspension system allows the vehicle to take on additional payloads, including add-on Armour upgrades.

Oshkosh Defense 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.

The M-ATV uses the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4 independent suspension system to provide superior off-road mobility as well as support vehicle upgrades, such as heavier armour. The system, which has undergone more than 500,000 miles of government testing, provides 16 inches of independent wheel travel and helps the vehicle achieve a 70-percent off-road profile capability to negotiate harsh cross-country terrain and unimproved roads.

Existing Oshkosh facilities have the capacity, highly skilled workforce and proven manufacturing capability to deliver the M-ATV and vehicles for all other Army and Defence programs, including the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), as well as any surges in production.
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