Oshkosh to recapitalise US Army’s FHTVs
Oshkosh Defense has received multiple delivery orders from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalise its family of heavy tactical vehicles (FHTV), the company announced on 18 April.
Under the awards the army's fleet of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load Systems (PLS) will be brought up to the latest model configuration and the same zero-mile, zero-hour condition as new vehicles.
The contracts, valued at over $258 million, cover the recapitalisation of 670 vehicles, in addition to the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers. Deliveries will start in December 2017.
The HEMTT A4 is Oshkosh's latest configuration, with enhanced power, maintenance and safety. The PLS supports the army's distribution and resupply system, providing loading, unloading and delivery of ammunition and other supplies. The latest configurations of FHTV trucks also include air-conditioned and armour-ready cabs, electrical upgrades and anti-lock braking.
Recapitalised vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles, and are put through the same performance tests and inspection procedures. The vehicles also receive the latest technology and safety upgrades and are delivered with a new warranty.
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