The US Army has awarded a $290m contract to Oshkosh Corporation to deliver more than 725 next-generation palletised load systems (PLS) A1.

Oshkosh Corporation executive vice-president Andy Hove said the modernised PLS A1 delivered superior performance and protection capabilities to help deliver supplies and equipment in some of the US Army’s most demanding operations.

“The PLS truck and trailer combination can load and unload a variety of heavy-payload cargo, which helps eliminate the need for material-handling equipment and results in leaner, more efficient logistics units,” he said.

The PLS A1 is the latest variant of the PLS specifically designed for army’s distribution and resupply needs for significant military missions.

The vehicle features a 600hp engine, a long-term armour strategy (LTAS)-compliant cab and also uses the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4 independent front suspension for greater off-road mobility.

Production work is scheduled to begin in April 2010 and is expected to be complete in September 2011.