JLG To Build More Armored Military Vehicles
JLG parent company Oshkosh Corp. announced last week that the Department of Defense has asked the Wisconsin based manufacturer to build 923 more armored, off-road vehicles (M-ATVs) for the military.
The latest order, the DOD’s fourth, is valued at $408.5 million and brings the total number of M-ATVs Oshkosh is building at its defense and JLG facilities to 5,219. The contract, which was awarded in June, has been extended three times and has a total value of $2.76 billion.
Last week’s order calls for the M-ATVs to be delivered through March 2010, which is also the delivery deadline for the DOD’s third order for 352 M-ATVs placed in September. The Defense Department’s deadline for delivery of its first order for 2,244 M-ATVs is December 2009, the second order for 1,700 vehicles is due February 2010.
Oshkosh says it continues to deliver M-ATVs ahead of the government’s accelerated schedule and met September’s delivery requirement on Sept. 22. The company has said that by December it will be making 1,000 M-ATVs per month, 500 at JLG and 500 in Wisconsin, in order to meet the government’s urgent need to outfit ground troops in Afghanistan with armored vehicles that are agile, lighter and more capable of handling the country’s rocky terrain.
“As these vehicles begin making their way onto the battlefield to ensure our men and women are well protected and their missions remain on the move in even the harshest environments, we will continue to make the vehicle’s high-quantity production our top priority and provide any additional program support as needed,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh chairman and chief executive officer, in a released statement.
Oshkosh also said in its statement that existing Oshkosh Defense manufacturing facilities have available production capacity for all current and pending military vehicle programs, including the M-ATV, as well as surges in production.
Oshkosh’s M-ATV contract has brought a little more than 500 of JLG’s laid-off employees back to work.