Oshkosh Defense Takes $173 Million in U.S. Army Contracts

Two awards involve more than 600 new and rebuilt heavy-duty transport trucks

Oshkosh Defense reports it has earned two new contracts with a total value of $173 million from the from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), and will deliver over 600 new and recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT). The Wisconsin-based company designs and manufacturers tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons.

The HEMTT vehicles are used by the Army to transport equipment and supplies, with a design involving a load handling system for payloads weighing up to 13 tons.

"We leverage our world-class operations to supply recapitalized vehicles that are as advanced, reliable and high-performing as our new vehicles, but at a reduced cost for our military customers," stated Oshkosh Defense’s Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs. "These vehicles undergo the same tests and inspections as new vehicles, and have the same bumper-to-bumper warranty, before being supplied to our Warfighters."

The first contract, valued over $138 million, calls for Oshkosh to deliver more than 480 M983A4 HEMTT Light Equipment Transporters (LET) and one M1120A4 HEMTT Load Handling System (LHS). Production is due to begin in October and the supply will be completed in August 2011.

The second award is valued at more than $34 million, and calls for Oshkosh to recapitalize and deliver 140 HEMTT A4 LHS and cargo truck variants. For this assignment, work will start in June 2010 and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.

Oshkosh is capable of remanufacturing and “recapitalizing” heavily used vehicles back to like-new condition. The vehicles are stripped to their frame rails and rebuilt completely, and then upgraded as necessary to the next-generation A4 configuration.

"We leverage our world-class operations to supply recapitalized vehicles that are as advanced, reliable and high-performing as our new vehicles, but at a reduced cost for our military customers," stated Oshkosh Defense’s Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs. "These vehicles undergo the same tests and inspections as new vehicles, and have the same bumper-to-bumper warranty, before being supplied to our Warfighters."

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