The US Army has awarded a defence contract to Oshkosh Corporation to acquire 60 Iraqi heavy equipment transporter systems (HETS) and associated ancillary items.

HETS is an advanced and effective transport system designed to quickly deploy battle tanks, armoured vehicles, construction equipment and their crews for a mission-ready condition.

The system has automatically steerable axles and load-levelling hydraulic suspension and the tractor has a front and rear axle steering with central tire inflation system.

The system is also capable of transporting tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and fro the battlefield.

Under the $41.4m contract, the army will be provided with HETS comprising a M1070A0 tractor, a Fontaine 635NL trailer.

The associated ancillary items include 6,240 spare tyres, Iraqi HETS spare parts, non-standard trailer manuals and Iraqi HETS operator training.

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Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2011, and will be carried out at the company’s facilities in Oshkosh.