Oshkosh Corporation has received a $1.06 billion (about R12 billion) order from the US Army for a further 1700 additional MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to the US Armed Forces by February next year.
The contract also includes aftermarket parts packages to be supplied by April 2010, along with field service support.
The delivery order follows an initial $1.05 billion delivery order Oshkosh Defence received for 2244 M-ATVs on June 30.
“At Oshkosh, our main focus is to ensure that M-ATVs are waiting in theatre for the Warfighters when they arrive, rather than having the Warfighter wait for the vehicle,” says Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer.
“We are confident in our ability to ramp up production to 1000 per month in December and this additional order will allow us to sustain that rate of production through February 2010.”
Oshkosh also announced it surpassed its first delivery requirements for 45 vehicles in July, by providing 46 units.
“The target was 45 but we were able to deliver an additional vehicle. It’s an absolute testament to the quality and spirit of our customer, our employees and our suppliers who have come together to combine resources and work toward achieving a common mission – to serve our troops in Afghanistan,” stated Bohn.
Advance production of the M-ATV began weeks before the first delivery order was awarded, an Oshkosh media release adds.
Pic: Oshkosh M-ATV vehicle