Oshkosh awarded more M-ATV work


The Oshkosh Corporation as received an additional $175 million order from the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command to deliver a further 400 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), taking the order to 6619 vehicles valued at $3.3 billion.

Oshkosh received the initial award for the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) ATV on June 30.

The first seven of the vehicles were shipped to Afghanistan in September. The Pentagon, concerned at the growing toll of roadside bombs on troops in Afghanistan, is now flying them in to get them there faster.

“We are honoured to build these M-ATVs that will help save lives in Afghanistan,” said Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive Robert G. Bohn.

The company has ramped up production to achieve 1000 vehicles per month in December and this new award will extend production into May 2010.

The vehicle replaces first generation MRAPs adjudged as too top-heavy for Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain in US military service. At peak the US operated over 10 000 MRAPs, including many by built by BAE Systems in Iraq.