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Oshkosh Defense displays new tactical wheeled vehicles and technologies at US Army annual meeting

22nd October 2010 - 17:22 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will showcase new technologies and vehicles at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center October 25 - 27 in booth 2639. The displays illustrate Oshkosh's commitment to innovation and providing the US Army with leaner, more mobile and modern fleets.

"As the sole manufacturer of the both the Army's medium and heavy tactical truck fleets, we listen to our customers to better understand their needs," said Mike Ivy, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager, Army Programs. "At AUSA, we have the opportunity to expand that dialog and display next-generation technologies designed with their input. Our ProPulse drive technology, for example, addresses concerns about fleet fuel consumption and exportable power, and aims to expand functionality in theater."

The Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system integration on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is displayed in response to the Army's request to industry for solutions to recapitalize its fleet. Oshkosh has been helping militaries recapitalize and retrofit vehicles for more than 50 years. In addition to its advanced suspension, Oshkosh incorporates a V-shaped hull and engine and powertrain upgrades to improve soldier survivability as well as off-road mobility and payload capacity.

A Reconnaissance vehicle - the latest variant in the Oshkosh M-ATV family of vehicles - offers its crew of six plus a gunner battle-proven MRAP-level protection with unmatched mobility, and applies patented technologies to help forces perform route, zone and area reconnaissance. The M-ATV family of vehicles also includes SOCOM, Utility and Ambulance variants.

The Oshkosh TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology is another solution for increasing soldier safety by reducing exposure to battlefield threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IED), and increasing situational awareness while on the move. The technology will be featured on a Load Handling System (LHS) variant of the US Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

Additional technologies, such as Command Zone integrated diagnostics system - a computer-controlled, multiplexed electronics system - will be on display using an interactive touch table. A light combat tactical vehicle will serve as a technology demonstrator for the ProPulse diesel-electric platform, advanced capsule design and the next-generation TAK-4 independent suspension system.

Source: Oshkosh Defense

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