Category: Defence Industry
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- The U.S. Army has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, to reset 360 additional Oshkosh-produced Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Oshkosh is best suited to standardize the M-ATV fleet configuration to achieve mission readiness. The M-ATV Reset program will allow the U.S. Army to extend the life of its vehicles and upgrade them with the latest protective technologies.
The U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh an M-ATV Reset base contract for 500 vehicles on Aug. 6, 2014, and options for 300 additional vehicles on Dec. 12, 2014. The contract modification announced on May 28 includes the reset of another 360 M-ATVs with options to reset up to 1,440 more. The delivery start date for this latest modification is October 2015. In total, Oshkosh is on contract to reset 1,160 M-ATVs for a combined value of more than $115 million. Oshkosh was awarded the original M-ATV production contract in June 2009 and remains on contract to provide life cycle service and support through July 2018.
“Oshkosh’s operational capability and expertise ensures that soldiers operating in M-ATVs have mission-ready vehicles equipped with the latest protection and technologies for a full range of missions,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs at Oshkosh Defense. “As the OEM, Oshkosh can provide the best quality and speed for the vehicle reset – and ultimately get the vehicles back into the field where they are needed.”
The M-ATV Reset process performed at Oshkosh involves a comprehensive inspection of a vehicle’s condition and configuration. Following that evaluation, Oshkosh systematically completes repairs or replaces missing parts and installs a spectrum of upgrade kits to bring the vehicle to the current configuration for each of the M-ATV variants in the enduring fleet. These upgrade kits include the underbody improvement kit (UIK), upgraded automatic fire extinguishing systems (AFES), and several safety-related improvements, among others.
Oshkosh has extensive experience providing life cycle support for its U.S. Army, Marine Corps and National Guard fleets of heavy and medium tactical wheeled vehicles. Its vehicle modernization programs include field maintenance and contractor logistics support to technology upgrades and full recapitalization programs. As the OEM, Oshkosh delivers an integrated product support that maximizes the capability, reliability and readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces tactical wheeled vehicle fleets.
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