Oshkosh Defence has secured multiple contracts worth more than $430m to recapitalise the US Army’s family of heavy tactical vehicles (FHTV).
Under the terms of the deal, the company will upgrade 1,212 vehicles and produce 345 trailers providing the same performance and lifecycle cost advantages as new production vehicles.
The company will upgrade the army’s fleet of heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT) and palletised load systems (PLS).
Work under the contract will be performed at the company’s facility in Wisconsin.
The associated deliveries will commence this year and continue through 2017.
Oshkosh Defence Programmes senior vice-president John Bryant said: "We understand the critical need to improve reliability for in-theatre operations without sacrificing performance on aging vehicle fleets.
"That is why Oshkosh recapitalised vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles, and complete the same extensive performance tests and inspection procedures as new vehicles."
Oshkosh recapitalises and remanufactures vehicles for the US military as part of the company’s extensive lifecycle support and aftermarket services programme.
The programme aims to equip soldiers with the latest vehicle safety, survivability and mobility technologies.
So far, the company has recapitalised more than 12,000 heavy vehicles for the US Army.
The HEMTT A4 is capable of recovering 50t vehicles as well as providing heavy-duty power and performance for challenging recovery missions.
Meanwhile, Oshkosh PLS A1 provides support for loading, unloading and delivering ammunition and other critical supplies needed in battle, sustaining the US Army’s distribution and resupply system.
In a separate development, the US Army has awarded a $243m contract to the company for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme, which includes 657 vehicles, 2,977 installed kits and related support.
The JLTV programme seeks to fill a critical capability gap for the US Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy uparmored HMMWV fleet with a modern, light-protected vehicle.
Image: Oshkosh recapitalised vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles. Photo: ©2016 Oshkosh Defense.