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Oshkosh Defense Bags New $54m Delivery Order

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 December 2009

To supply over 970 add-on protection kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh, has received a $54m order 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).

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

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

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

The M-ATV uses the TAK-4 independent suspension system to provide superior off-road mobility as well as support vehicle upgrades, such as heavier armor, said the company. 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% off-road profile capability to negotiate harsh cross-country terrain and unimproved roads.