2009-12-17 / Front Page

Oshkosh Gets 6th M-ATV Order

To build 400 more armored trucks
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

Workers at JLG in Mc- Connellsburg who are building armored trucks headed to the war in Afghanistan will keep working through May 2010 to satisfy a new order for 400 M-ATVS.

JLG’s parent company Oshkosh Corp. announced the new $175 million order – its sixth – on Monday and said the value of the Department of Defense contract now totals $3.3 billion. The order brings the number of M-ATVs Oshkosh will deliver to the military to 6,619, the news release stated.

“With worldclass manufacturing capabilities, available capacity and a highly skilled workforce, we continue to be prepared to meet the needs of the U.S. Armed Forces for the M-ATV and other programs, however large the order or complex the vehicle,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corp. chairman and chief executive officer.

Oshkosh marked the handoff of the 1,000th M-ATV to the U.S. Armed Forces on Nov. 30 at a ceremony with military leadership at the company’s facilities in Oshkosh, Wis.

The M-ATV is the U.S. military’s newest MRAP model, combining the protection levels of legacy MRAPs with improved mobility and durability to handle Afghanistan’s mountainous cross-country terrain and unimproved roads. The vehicle uses the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4Æ independent suspension system, which has undergone more than 500,000 miles of government testing, to achieve a 70 percent offroad profile capability and 16 inches of independent wheel travel.

Oshkosh has said that production of the M-ATVs, which is split between JLG and Oshkosh Defense facilities in Wisconsin, was expected to reach 1,000 per month in December. On Monday, the company said in its news release that it has exceeded MATV delivery requirements for five consecutive months.

Oshkosh also said in its Monday news release that its defense manufacturing facilities have production capacity for all current and pending military vehicle programs, including the MATV, as well as any surges in production.

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