The US Army has awarded a $440m production contract to Oshkosh for over 1,000 of the newest configuration of the heavy equipment transporter (HET).

HET A1 is designed for the quick transport of battle tanks, fighting and recovery vehicles, armoured vehicles, construction equipment and crews.

The latest vehicle configuration includes increased horsepower, higher-capacity front suspension, electrical upgrades, improved diagnostics and air conditioning as standard.

Production will be carried out at the company’s facility and is scheduled for completion in June 2012.