Oshkosh Defense is about to begin work on a new, $459-million order to supply 1,200 heavy-tactical vehicles to the U.S. Army. The orders have been placed by the Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), and will be delivered by August 2012.
The majority of the vehicles in this order will be for the Oshkosh Palletized Load System (PLS) A1, “a next-generation truck” capable of being upgraded with additional bolt-on armor, for better protection. It also uses an independent front suspension for greater off-road mobility. Oshkosh will deliver more than 1,050 of the PLS A1 trucks, and nearly 150 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4s.
The PLS is used by the Army to transport ammunition and other critical supplies needed in battle. Combined, PLS truck and trailer reduce the need for forklifts or other material-handling equipment, creating what Oshkosh calls it “the backbone of the Army’s distribution and resupply system.”
“The heavy tactical trucks that we supply to the U.S. Army have evolved with technological advancements over the years to meet the changing threats and demands of the modern battlefield,” stated Mike Ivy, v.p. and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Whether Iraq, Afghanistan or any other location in the world, the Army can count on Oshkosh for on-time delivery of quality products backed by best-in-class sustainment services. We're proud to serve the men and women who serve our nation.”
Oshkosh Defense is a division of Oshkosh Corp. that designs and manufactures tactical military trucks and armored vehicles.