The US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has ordered 40 additional Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants and 130 spare-parts kits for the US Special Operations Command (Socom).

As part of the $55m contract, Oshkosh, along with SOCOM, designed the Special Forces Vehicle (Sfv) variant to meet the Forces’ operational requirements.

Oshkosh vice-president and general manager Ken Juergens said the SFV variant has been designed to support the most challenging tactical operations in rugged and mountainous off-road terrain.

The M-ATV SFV features a modified cargo deck, intended to accept specialised equipment based on each mission’s requirements, and larger front windscreens for increased visibility.

The company will also provide more than 330 field service representatives to support the vehicles with onsite technical assistance and maintenance training for troops.

The delivery of the vehicles is scheduled to take place in May 2011, with spare parts due to start in March 2011.