Oshkosh Defense and partner ST Engineering have been chosen to take part in the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) prototype phase.

Selected by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC), the team will deliver two prototypes for the CATV programme.

The first prototype will be a ‘General Purpose’ and the other a ‘Cargo’ vehicle. Testing and soldier evaluation will take place in the third quarter of FY2021.

The prototypes will be tested on payload, crush resistance, mobility, swimming and transportability.

CATV is a programme to develop a high-mobility tracked platform that can operate in adverse weather conditions.

It is designed to replace the small unit support vehicles (SUSVs) that have been operational since the 1980s.

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US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) programmes vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “Oshkosh Defense and ST Engineering bring together an abundance of defence industry and manufacturing expertise to address the US Army’s need for a proven vehicle that can easily manoeuvre in arctic environments.”

The Oshkosh CATV is derived from the Bronco 3, a member of the Bronco family of vehicles (FoV) by ST Engineering.

The Bronco FoV underwent over 1,860 miles of performance testing in ‘arctic conditions’ and more than 200,000 miles in a theatre of operations on harsh desert terrain.

ST Engineering Land Systems president/head Lee Shiang Long said: “The new vehicle design will be built with the combined expertise of Oshkosh Defense and draws on the rich heritage of the Bronco family of vehicles, a proven, robust and versatile articulated platform which has been in operation since 2001.”

The US Army has announced its intentions to issue a ‘follow-on production contract’ for nearly 200 CATVs in FY2022.