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Oshkosh Defense awarded $41 million for M-ATV Protection Kits

30th March 2010 - 09:04 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has received an order valued at more than $41 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,000 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Timing for the work is expected to be completed by September 2010 and installation will occur in theater.

"The M-ATV provides exceptional protection capabilities for our Armed Forces in Afghanistan," said Kenneth G. Juergens, Oshkosh Corporation vice president and general manager, Joint Programs, Defense. "These add-on RPG kits are being delivered to further bolster the security of our men and women in uniform and ensure that they continue to have the best protection available as they carry out their missions. We are committed to providing a robust aftermarket parts support program to meet our Warfighters' needs in the field."

Delivery of the RPG kits is one element of the complete spectrum of service and support Oshkosh Defense provides for the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theater. The company also deploys in-theater field service representatives (FSR). Oshkosh FSRs operate service facilities at forward operating bases that require additional training or more support than internal assets can provide.

The Oshkosh M-ATV features the survivability and off-road mobility capabilities needed to operate in places like Afghanistan. To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at more than $4.75 billion for 8,079 M-ATVs, as well as spare parts kits, upgrade kits and aftermarket support. Oshkosh received the M-ATV contract award and its first delivery order in June 2009. The company quickly ramped up manufacturing to unprecedented levels, producing more than 1,000 vehicles per month as of December 2009.

Source: Oshkosh


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