US Military is Deciding Which Vehicle to Pick

The U.S. Department of Defense  announced today it has selected Oshkosh Corporation to supply MRAP All Terrain Vehicles – M-ATV-  for its fighting forces. Oshkosh has received an initial delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) for 2,244 M-ATVs valued at $1.05 billion, following months of government testing on multiple production-ready vehicles.

this is the next generation Vehicle for our US Military. The Obama administration has put in a need for the M-ATV because of the change of the topography and infrastructure of Iraq to Afghanistan. Afghanistan compared to Iraq does not have as much roads so they need a vehicle that is capable of going off-road and giving the troops the most satisfaction and protection. Afghanistan is mostly desert and rocks so they have been testing the M-ATV in the deserts of Nevada.

Surprisingly these vehicles are no that expensive compared to other military vehicles in the past. The M-ATV has a cost of five-hundred thousand to six-hundred thousand dollars. If this vehicle is chosen for the military, Oshkosh could have to produce up to five thousand vehicles, maybe even ten thousand. Although that is no problem for Oshkosh because they can produce these monsters in less than two months will all safety procedures and protective armor, you name something they will all ready have it done. 

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“We have a list of countries that are interested in this type of vehicle. The rapid equipping force [U.S. Army] has indicated an interest, the Israeli Defense Forces and a myriad of smaller countries throughout Europe,” said Steven Zink, vice president of Oshkosh Defense.

Able to reach speeds of at least 90 miles per hour, the SANDCAT is designed to meet the need for a fast, lightweight, yet survivable vehicle.

“The Humvee has been a great vehicle for the U.S. Army, but it is in an environment right now that is wasn’t originally intended for. With asymmetric warfare, they [enemies] are coming at them from all sides.

The SANDCAT is basically a Ford 550 chassis. We want to make sure we leverage some commercial high value production while still maintaining military performance,” said Zink.

Although designed for speed, off-road mobility, reconnaissance, medevac and a host of light-strike missions, the SANDCAT is engineered for survivability.

“One of the real advantages of the vehicle is that the armor protection is designed within the vehicle so we took the chassis and built the armor around it. So it is integrated into the vehicle. There is a market for a light utility vehicle that has armor on it,” said Joaquin Salas, Oshkosh marketing manager.

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~ by tdubbers on December 3, 2009.

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