February 25, 2009, Oshkosk, Wins. -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today that its Defense division has received a delivery order for $477 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The delivery order calls for more than 1,350 new and recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4s and more than 1,000 Palletized Load System Trailers (PLST).
With this latest order, the value for the Oshkosh Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract has risen to more than $2.1 billion. The delivery order includes 750 new vehicles and 600 recapitalized vehicles, comprised of the Oshkosh® HEMTT A4 variants of tankers, wreckers, cargo and Load Handling Systems (LHS).
“Recapitalization by Oshkosh provides our customers and the taxpayers with a valuable and cost effective means of returning vehicles to the fleet. Through this program, Oshkosh delivers a vehicle with the performance, reliability and all the modern enhancements of a new truck but at a lower price point,” said Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief operating officer. “This contract is evidence of our commitment to build and deliver mission-proven, rugged and reliable vehicles for the military.”
Through the Oshkosh Defense remanufacturing and recapitalization services, heavily used vehicles are returned to Oshkosh, stripped to the frame rails and completely rebuilt to like-new condition. Vehicles are put through the same extensive road tests, performance tests and inspection procedures as new vehicles. They receive the latest upgrades, are considered to have zero miles and zero hours, and are delivered with the Oshkosh full bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The HEMTT’s 13-ton payload and off-road capabilities make it the backbone for the U.S. Army’s logistics fleet. Since its introduction in 1985, the HEMTT has helped keep the U.S. Army on the move during major conflicts, such as Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. The HEMTT A4 features a fully air-conditioned and armor-ready cab, a more powerful drivetrain, improved suspension, safety improvements and other structural changes to make installation of add-on armor in the field quicker and easier.
The PLST is part of the PLS system designed to meet the U.S. Army’s distribution and resupply needs in even the most challenging military missions. The PLS truck and trailer form a self-contained system that reduces the need for forklifts or other material-handling equipment, and both carry a demountable cargo bed, also known as a flatrack, featuring a 16.5-ton payload capacity. (oshkosh)
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