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Overseas troops to receive and additional 400 mine-resistant ATVs

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Oshkosh Defense
: 14 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The US Army has placed an order for MRAP All Terrain Vehicles on Oshkosh for the unit’s off road ability and armed forces personnel protection capabilities
Oshkosh has received an additional $175 million order from the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver 400 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). To date, Oshkosh has received six awards valued at $3.3 billion to deliver a total of 6,619 M-ATVs.

Oshkosh continues to exceed the accelerated delivery schedule with unprecedented production efforts at its manufacturing facilities. The company has ramped up production to achieve 1,000 vehicles per month in December and this new award will extend production into May 2010.

“We are delighted to build these M-ATVs that will help save the lives of military personnel in Afghanistan. Our employees understand the importance of this program. There is an unfaltering commitment and tremendous persistence at Oshkosh to answer our customer’s needs,” said Robert Bohn, Oshkosh chairman and chief executive officer. “With world-class manufacturing capabilities, available capacity and a highly skilled workforce, we continue to be prepared to meet the needs of the US Armed Forces for the M-ATV and other programs, however large the order or complex the vehicle.”

The Oshkosh M-ATV achieves superior off-road mobility through the incorporation of the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4 independent suspension system, which has undergone more than 500,000 miles of government testing and is used on more than 10,000 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR). The TAK-4 system provides 16 inches of independent wheel travel and a 70 percent off-road profile capability. Oshkosh also has received orders to supply more than 2,400 TAK-4 systems for legacy MRAP upgrades for improved off-road mobility in Afghanistan.

The Oshkosh M-ATV launch team, which has exceeded M-ATV delivery requirements for five consecutive months, was a recipient of 2009 Defence manufacturing Excellence Awards from the National Centre for Advanced Technologies.

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.

Existing Oshkosh Defense manufacturing facilities have 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), as well as any surges in production.

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