Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oshkosh Exhibits at CANSEC Show

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will present a wide range of world-class vehicle platforms and capabilities at CANSEC 2011, hosted June 1-2 in Ottawa, Ontario.

As the only defense contractor actively manufacturing heavy, medium and light tactical vehicles for the U.S. military and international customers, Oshkosh Defense is applying its mission-proven expertise and capabilities to serve the Canadian Forces. Multiple Oshkosh vehicles have been qualified for the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) Standard Military Portion (SMP) of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) and the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) programs.

“We’ve been working with the DND for many years now to fully understand the capabilities the soldiers and the Canadian government require from the MSVS and TAPV programs,” said Serge Buchakjian, Oshkosh Defense senior vice president and general manager of International Programs.

“The Oshkosh platforms on display at CANSEC have proven performance in extreme environments, including Afghanistan. Our MSVS and TAPV prototypes, specifically designed to meet DND requirements, are in the product validation and testing phase of our rigorous product development process. In addition to the vehicles themselves, we’ve created life-cycle support solutions through close collaboration with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada and Oshkosh Corporation’s London Machinery, Inc. (LMI) – all focused on long-term support and economic benefits for Canada.”

On Display at CANSEC

Oshkosh Defense will display two of its three vehicles down-selected for the MSVS program, the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4 and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR). The third down-selected vehicle is the Oshkosh Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), a proven, maneuverable platform that enhances unit mobility, safely transports troops and hauls equipment in support of a wide range of tactical operations.

More than 27,500 HEMTTs have been produced in multiple variants to fulfill a wide range of logistics operations for militaries across the globe. The latest generation of this 11.8 tonne-payload vehicle features an armored cab, which can be augmented with standardized, bolt-on kits allowing forces to more easily, quickly and cost-effectively increase protection based on mission requirements.

The MTVR was built to operate extensively in off-road missions and uses the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system to help achieve a 70 percent off-road profile capability. More than 10,000 MTVRs have been deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces.

Oshkosh also will have its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle Multi Mission Vehicle (M-ATV MMV) and SandCat protected, multi-role vehicle on display. The M-ATV is currently providing much-needed levels of protection and mobility to allied forces in Afghanistan. The M-ATV MMV was configured for command and control, reconnaissance, and missile carrier operations, and has many commonalities with the TAPV prototype Oshkosh unveiled earlier this year. The SandCat was designed specifically for the international market for military and special operations, security duties, peacekeeping, border patrol, and law enforcement. Oshkosh has received orders for the SandCat from Canada as well as Mexico, Sweden, Bulgaria, Nigeria and Israel.

Oshkosh Defense executives will be on hand at CANSEC to discuss these offerings and more at booth #3036. Oshkosh vehicles will be exhibited in the outside display area.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, located in London, Ontario, Canada, is a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems of Sterling Heights, Mich. For 34 years, more than 2,200 highly skilled technical employees have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported to global customers a unique family of light armoured vehicles (LAV).

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