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Oshkosh and General Dynamics Join Forces on Canadian Military Vehicle Production

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Oshkosh Defense
: 24 March, 2010  (Application Story)
Canada’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle and Medium Support Vehicle System programs to be supplied by collaborative venture between General Dynamics Land Systems and Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada have finalized an agreement that will team the two companies in pursuit of two Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) wheeled vehicle programs, the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) and the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) portion of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS).

The TAPV program will replace the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (APV) and the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle, and the MSVS program will replace the Medium Logistics truck fleet. The new programs will enhance the capabilities of the Canadian Forces with protected, high-performance vehicle fleets.

“We couldn’t be happier that we are teamed with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, a proven leader in designing and supporting Canadian land systems,” said Ron Ziebell, vice president and general manager, International Programs, Oshkosh Defense. “The superior offerings we can provide with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada made our cooperation the obvious choice as we considered how best to serve the DND soldiers. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has a significant Canadian presence, which will allow for localized, Canada-based sustainability of these two programs in our effort to provide true complete lifecycle support of these programs.”

“Oshkosh Defense vehicle platforms have proven, world-class performance capabilities and they push the engineering envelope to deliver the best tactical wheeled vehicle fleets in the field,” said Dr Sridhar Sridharan, senior vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “We are pleased to be working with a company that can help deliver the survivable, off-road capable and technologically advanced vehicles that the Canadian Forces need for both the MSVS and TAPV.”

Oshkosh Defense will serve as the prime contractor and leverage current vehicle fleets in its responses for the TAPV and MSVS programs. Oshkosh has produced more than 70,000 military-class vehicles, including the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada will provide systems integration and testing support for the vehicle as well as extensive logistics, training, technical manuals, and spare parts management to Canadian requirements.

This is the second time Oshkosh Defense and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada will work together on a program. Oshkosh Defense is currently providing more than 120 TAK-4 independent suspension systems for the General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada RG-31 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to deliver enhanced off-road mobility and ride quality.

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