Oshkosh Defense has launched two new mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) variants at the 2014 Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX), currently underway in Amman, Jordan.
Dubbed M-ATV standard and M-ATV extended, the multi-mission models are available in multiple variants, and are designed to address a more diverse range of mission requirements and needs for armed forces in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region, and worldwide.
While M-ATV standard is designed to provide response and support capabilities for an array of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments, the M-ATV extended offers increased capacity for additional soldiers and equipment for mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control (C2) missions.
The new M-ATV variants include the M-ATV standard base (SXB), M-ATV standard upgrade (SXU), M-ATV standard special forces (SXF), M-ATV extended intervention (EXI), M-ATV extended engineer (EXE), as well as the M-ATV extended command (EXC).
Oshkosh executive vice-president and Oshkosh Defense president John Urias said the M-ATV has proven itself as the battle-tested, highly mobile MRAP of choice for a full range of missions.
"Our new M-ATV variants expand on this life-saving platform to address a more diverse mix of mission profiles and specialised functionality, threat levels and cost targets, so troops get the vehicle that's right for their specific needs," Urias said.
Fitted with the TAK-4 independent suspension system, the M-ATV vehicles meet a wide range of protection, performance, payload and transportability requirements for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special forces, counter-insurgency and conventional military operations.
Used by US Forces since 2009 to meet an urgent need for a lighter, more mobile MRAP vehicle, the M-ATV has also been ordered by the armed forces of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Image: Oshkosh's newly launched M-ATV variants deliver enhanced off-road mobility and protection for a wider range of missions. Photo: ©2014 Oshkosh Corporation.