Oshkosh Defense is delivering upgraded mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) to the US Army.

A total of 800 M-ATVs are being modernised by the company as part of a base contract and three additional contract options, which have a combined value of more than $77m.

Oshkosh Defense defence programmes senior vice-president John Bryant said: "As the OEM (original equipment manufacturer), Oshkosh has the expertise and operational capability to help the US Army achieve its M-ATV fleet goals in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.

"The same supply chain and workforce that originally produced more than 8,700 M-ATVs on an urgent need basis were able to step right in and immediately deliver production-line quality for this rather complex reset programme."

Designed to help the army achieve its goal of standardising the M-ATV fleet configuration and ensuring that its primary MRAP platform is 100% mission ready after years of operations, the reset programme starts with a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle condition and configuration.

The company then repairs and replaces missing parts, and also installs upgrade kits necessary to bring the vehicle to the current configuration for each M-ATV variant.

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"Oshkosh has the expertise and operational capability to help the US Army achieve its M-ATV fleet goals in the most efficient, cost-effective manner."

The upgrades include underbody improvement kits and modernised automatic fire extinguishing systems, as well as several safety-related improvements, among others.

Bryant added: "At the end of the day, the M-ATV reset programme will ensure that all of the soldiers operating in M-ATVs will have fully capable, mission-ready vehicles with all of the latest protection and technologies."

Oshkosh has been manufacturing M-ATVs since June 2009 and is also under contract to provide life cycle service and support until July 2018.

Deliveries of the modernised M-ATVs are scheduled to continue until September.

Based on the Oshkosh medium tactical vehicle replacement platform, the M-ATV offers the same levels of protection as the larger and heavier MRAPs with improved mobility and is expected to replace the M1114 Humvee fleet.

Image: The M-ATV reset programme aims to help the US Army achieve its goal of standardising the M-ATV fleet configuration. Photo: courtesy of Oshkosh Defense.