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Oshkosh Defense equips US Army vehicle for autonomous logistics missions

11th October 2010 - 18:40 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will showcase a US Army vehicle equipped with Oshkosh TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center October 25 - 27. The TerraMax technology delivers improved troop protection by reducing human exposure to battlefield threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IED), and increasing situational awareness while the vehicle is on the move.

"Oshkosh is committed to bringing this life-saving technology to the field," said Gary Schmiedel, Oshkosh Corporation senior vice president of Defense Engineering and Technology. "Our TerraMax technology is designed as a kit that can be integrated in new vehicles as they are produced or retrofitted into the government's existing vehicle fleets."

The Oshkosh Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) Load Handling System (LHS) variant is equipped with the company's unmanned technology for autonomous logistics missions. The TerraMax fully-autonomous navigation kit has been demonstrated on the Marine Corps' Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles, as well as the Army's Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicle.

"The TerraMax fully autonomous system provides flexibility to the Warfighter," added Schmiedel. "It is integrated so each vehicle can still be manually driven with the press of a button. The technology is capable of fully autonomous missions supervised from an escort vehicle at a safe standoff, or operation in leader-follower mode, depending on the mission and situation."

Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a five-year FMTV contract for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2014. The FMTV is a series of 17 models with payload capacities ranging from 2.5-tons to 10-tons.

The Oshkosh FMTV LHS with TerraMax UGV kit will be on display Oct. 25-27, 2010, in booth 2639 at the Washington Convention Center at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Source: Oshkosh Defense

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