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.

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.