The US Army has awarded Oshkosh Corporation two contracts valued at more than $28 million for spare parts and support of its MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) in Afghanistan.
The contracts include a $16 million order from the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for spare parts and a $12 million order for aftermarket support from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC).
“Oshkosh Corporation’s broad range of offerings, including our parts supply network and fully trained field service team, will provide our Armed Forces with an unparalleled level of support,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. “Our in theatre M-ATV service and support will help ensure these highly mobile vehicles operate at full capability in very challenging conditions.”
Under the contract, Oshkosh Defense will provide M-ATV spare parts to the DLA to be used as in the field replacements after the parts delivered with the vehicles have been consumed. These parts will ship without delay as vehicles arrive to maintain optimal readiness rates.
Additionally, Oshkosh field service representatives (FSR) will support the M-ATV program in-theater through September 2010. Oshkosh Defense provides the complete spectrum of service and support to the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theatre.
Building on its experience from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oshkosh FSRs can operate service facilities on any of the forward operating bases that might require more support than internal assets can provide.
Oshkosh will complete production of the current M-ATV contract, valued at more than $2.7 billion, for 5219 vehicles in March next year.
The company has delivered ahead of schedule each month since the contract award on June 30, this year, and expects to ramp production up to 1000 vehicles per month in December.
The first Oshkosh M-ATVs were delivered to Afghanistan on October 1, just three months after Oshkosh was awarded the M-ATV contract.
Oshkosh Defense teamed with Plasan North America to provide an advanced armour solution for the M-ATV. Plasan also developed the armour system used on more than 5000 legacy MRAPs and thousands of Oshkosh Armoured Cab MTVRs already in theatre.