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Oshkosh Defense to deliver additional M-ATV variants for US Special Operations Forces

20th December 2010 - 20:43 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will deliver more than 40 additional MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as well as more than 130 spare-parts kits for the vehicle following orders from the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) awarded in November and December 2010. Oshkosh worked closely with SOCOM to design the Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) variant and meet the Special Operation Forces' demanding operational requirements.

"We continue to answer the Warfighters' needs in theater for the armored and highly mobile M-ATV, and we have flexibility at the design, production and sustainment levels to fully support the program," said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "The SFV variant is part of the M-ATV family of vehicles, which we designed to support the most challenging tactical operations in rugged and mountainous off-road terrain."

Oshkosh is delivering the spare-parts kits as part of its complete sustainment support of the M-ATV fleet. The company also has received orders to provide more than 330 field service representatives (FSR) to support the vehicles with onsite technical assistance, proper maintenance procedures, correctly identifying parts, and troubleshooting techniques and maintenance training for troops.

The M-ATV SFV features alterations specific to the needs of US Special Forces, including a modified cargo deck, intended to accept specialized equipment based on each mission's requirements, and larger front windscreens for increased visibility. Vehicle deliveries are scheduled to take place in May 2011, and deliveries of the spare parts are scheduled to begin in March 2011 and be completed in June 2011. The orders have a combined ceiling price of nearly $55 million.

In addition to the SFV, Oshkosh produces the M-ATV base and tactical ambulance variant for the US military. Oshkosh has received awards to date for nearly 8,400 M-ATVs, including more than 460 SFV variants, as well as spare parts kits, upgrade kits and aftermarket support.

Oshkosh is continuing to explore new potential mission solutions for the M-ATV. The company has designed the M-ATV 2.5 Cargo vehicle to support resupply operations and the M-ATV Multi-Mission Vehicle (MMV) to support reconnaissance, missile-carrier and command-and-control operations in unforgiving landscapes.

Source: Oshkosh

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