The Stryker ICVVA1, upgraded with the the 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS), will undergo production verification testing (PVT) at the Army’s Aberdeen Test Centre (ATC) in Maryland.
The delivery is part of a $942.9m contract awarded to the company and its partners Pratt Miller Defense, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in June 2021.
Under the terms of the contract, Oshkosh Defense is required to deliver seven upgraded systems by September this year for PVT.
The testing at the ATC will be conducted throughout June 2023.
This will be followed by fielding of the MCWS from July 2023 to equip the Army’s I-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State, with upgraded Strykers.
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Oshkosh Defense US Army and US Marine Corps Programs vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “Our team leveraged our engineering and manufacturing prowess and deep commitment to customer satisfaction to deliver our first MCWS test vehicle on time, despite the dynamic market forces we have all experienced over the last year.
“We’re incredibly proud to deliver this transformative solution and look forward to equipping our soldiers with the precision lethality capability they need.”
So far, Oshkosh Defense has completed risk management testing (RMT) and has received orders worth $356m for 269 upgraded Strykers.
Based on Rafael’s SAMSON family of turrets, the 30mm gun will help the Stryker ICVVA1 maintain its mobility and survivability.
In April this year, Oshkosh Defense and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center signed a cooperative research and development agreement.
The two entities will work on the development of armament technologies that can offer new capabilities to warfighters.