The US Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command has awarded a $9.4m contract to Oshkosh Defence to test durability and performance of the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) A1 model.

The testing includes several performance, maintenance and survivability enhancements on the HET A1.

The HET A1 is designed to rapidly transport battle tanks, fighting and recovery vehicles, armoured vehicles and crews in mission-ready condition.

The latest HET A1 configuration includes increased horsepower, higher capacity front suspension, an armour-ready cab, electrical upgrades and improved diagnostics.

After the testing phase, full-rate production of the HET A1 is scheduled for 2010.