Oshkosh Defense has received orders worth a combined $165m from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to modernise the army's fleet of heavy tactical vehicles.
The orders require the company to carry out recapitalisation work on heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT) and palletised load systems (PLS), which are currently in service with the US Army.
Oshkosh will be responsible for the recapitalisation of 478 vehicles and the production of new companion trailers.
Oshkosh Defense Army and Marine Corps programmes vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “Our customers are looking to standardise their fleets to the latest configurations for in-theatre readiness at the lowest possible cost.
“As the original equipment manufacturer of the Army’s heavy fleet, our recap services return worn vehicles to current operational readiness with the same performance and lifecycle cost advantages as a brand-new vehicle.”
The assembly of recapitalised vehicles and manufacture of the new vehicles will be carried out on the same line, with both undergoing the same extensive performance tests and inspection procedures.
The vehicles will also receive the latest technology and safety upgrades, and are set to be delivered with a new bumper-to-bumper warranty, Oshkosh stated.
Delivery of the vehicles is expected to begin in July next year.
The HEMTT has a payload capacity of 13t and is part of the army's logistics fleet. HEMTT A4 is Oshkosh’s latest configuration and can travel across adverse environments more efficiently than previous models.
Oshkosh's PLS is intended to support the army’s distribution and resupply system by loading, unloading and delivering ammunition and other critical battlefield supplies.
The PLS has the ability to carry a wide range of cargo and has been specially designed to load and unload a variety of flat rack or ISO-compatible containers.
The army's latest heavy tactical trucks also feature air-conditioned and armour-ready cabs, electrical upgrades, and anti-lock braking to safeguard soldiers.
Image:Oshkosh Defense’s HEMTT family of vehicles. Photo: courtesy of OSHKOSH DEFENSE, LLC.