Oshkosh Defense LLC this week has drawn two new U.S. Army contracts totaling $451 million, for Medium Tactical Vehicle trucks and Joint Light Tactical Vehicles. The Wisconsin company, an Oshkosk Corp. subsidiary, manufactures heavy-, medium-, light-, and highly protected military vehicles for military and security forces around the world.
The larger order, for $409 million, concerns calls for Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a $409 million contract to produce 1,661 FMTV (“family of medium tactical vehicle”) trucks and 31 trailers, under Order Year 7 of the current FMTV contract. Deliveries will continue through July 2018.
The current generation FMTV A1P2 involves 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads, so the core vehicle design can be adapted to perform a range of missions, and to support combat missions, relief efforts and logistics and supply operations. These vehicles have “80% parts commonality,” which streamlines maintenance, training, and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army, Army Reserves, National Guard, and U.S. Air Force.
“Oshkosh is pleased to continue delivering highly reliable Medium and Light Medium Tactical Vehicles to the U.S. Army,” stated Patrick Williams, Oshkosh Corp. v.p. and general manager of Army programs. “Since 2009, Oshkosh has achieved record quality performance on the FMTV program, while far exceeding vehicle quantities during the initial years of the contract.”
Earlier, Oshkosh Defense drew a $42-million order from the U.S. Army, exercising its available options for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. This will include the JLT vehicles, installed kits, and packaged kits.
The JLTV program will replace 55,000 U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps’ up-armored HMMWVs. The JLTV is an Oshkosh-designed and manufactured vehicle that offers “performance, protection, networking, and off-road mobility” in a light vehicle.
The JLTV is a scalable design that can be adapted to future requirements, “as threats evolve.”
This is the third order to Oshkosh since the initial JLTV contract was awarded in August 2015. The work is estimated to be completed in November 2017.
“This latest order demonstrates that the JLTV continues to be a central piece of the Army’s future ground force and a modernization priority,” stated Dave Diersen, Oshkosh Defense v.p. of Joint Programs. “The JLTV program is moving forward with a focus on giving soldiers and marines the next generation light vehicle they need for their missions.”