Oshkosh Defense and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Armaments Center, at Picatinny Arsenal, have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA).
As agreed, the two entities will collaborate on the development of armament technologies that can offer new capabilities to the warfighter.
The CRADA will also enable Oshkosh Defense, and DEVCOM, to advance their technologies and support the transition to direct fire medium calibre platforms such as the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).
The Oshkosh Defense Stryker Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) 30mm turret will be used for the development activities.
Oshkosh Defense US Army and Marine Corps Program vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “We are already starting with a robust weapon system platform with our Stryker MCWS turret.
“This CRADA allows us to explore additional weapon system capabilities, and apply them to our OMFV solution, to provide our soldiers with the cutting edge technology required on the modern battlefield.”
Last year, Oshkosh Defense was selected by the US Army to offer precision lethality capability to the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs).
The contract was awarded as part of the Stryker MCWS programme.
According to Oshkosh Defense, the production of the Oshkosh Defense Stryker MCWS is scheduled to being this year.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh Defense focuses on designing and producing military vehicles.
In November 2021, the company secured a contract to provide joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) trucks for the US military and its international allies.