Oshkosh Defense to produce semitrailers for US Army
Oshkosh Defense has received a contract from the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command to produce semitrailers for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET), the company announced on 30 May.
The contract, awarded to Oshkosh Defense and its partner Broshuis, is in response to an Operational Needs Statement from the US Army Europe for a semitrailer that can deliver increased payload capability while gaining European road permissions.
The contract, initially awarded at $13.3 million, has a maximum value of $109.8 million and calls for 170 semitrailers to be delivered between 2020 and 2021.
The HET is designed to provide rapid movement of mission-critical equipment including tanks, armoured vehicles, and recovery vehicles.
The US Army’s selection comes after two prototypes successfully completed a three-month test and evaluation phase at Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. The semitrailers were evaluated on their payload capacity, transportability, loading and unloading efficiency of operational and disabled vehicles, and overall logistics capability.
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