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Oshkosh Defense unveils new vehicles at AUSA Winter 2010

24th February 2010 - 16:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is displaying two new tactical wheeled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today through Friday (Feb. 24-26) at the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. Two new variants of the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) are making their debut at the event, as is - for the first time in the Oshkosh booth - an Oshkosh truck from the US Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

"This AUSA event is a great opportunity for Oshkosh Defense to demonstrate our support for the US Army and showcase our newest offerings to military personnel across all ranks," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. "The face-to-face conversations taking place at this show allow us to gather important feedback and information, which we use to continually improve our military vehicles."

The new utility and ambulance M-ATV variants on display at AUSA offer new capabilities and mission profiles while maintaining the durable, best-in-class mobility and superior crew protection of the original M-ATV offering. Utility and ambulance M-ATVs were developed to allow military operations to provide critical casualty care and resupply services in unforgiving landscapes where tactical missions must operate. The M-ATV has provided superior off-road mobility for harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved road networks in places like Afghanistan. To date, the company has received orders valued at more than $4.74 billion to supply 8,079 M-ATVs, spare parts kits and in-theater aftermarket support.

Oshkosh also is displaying a vehicle from the company's newest truck fleet, the Army's FMTV. The Army awarded Oshkosh with the FTMV competitive rebuy contract on Aug. 26, 2009, which was sustained by the Army on Feb. 12 following a GAO directed review. The FMTV is a series of vehicles consisting of up to 23 variants and 17 different models, ranging from 2.5-ton to 5-ton payloads. Oshkosh now has a five-year, firm fixed-price requirements contract for the production of up to 23,000 vehicles and trailers, as well as support services and engineering. Oshkosh is currently working on an initial FMTV delivery order valued at $280.9 million for the production and delivery of 2,568 trucks and trailers. Oshkosh already produces the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV).

Additionally a custom-painted, Army-themed Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle, one of two grand prizes in the "Rumble With a Cause" sweepstakes benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), will be on display at the Oshkosh booth. With the support of Oshkosh, the AFF launched the Rumble With a Cause sweepstakes in October 2009. AFF employees will be on site at AUSA to collect donations and sweepstakes entries. The campaign has a goal of raising $150,000 for AFF to aid delivery of a wide range of assistance and services to active and retired military members and their families, including counseling, living expenses, funeral arrangements, housing improvements and career counseling. The sweepstakes closes on April 15. Entries may also be made online at

NO DONATION OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER. Individuals will receive one entry for each $10 donation made up to a total of $200 or 20 entries. All rules, including instructions for entry without donation and eligibility requirements, are on the sweepstakes Web site.

Source: Oshkosh


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