28.06.2011 Oshkosh army-guide.com
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation), will feature its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) tactical ambulance at the AUSA’s Army Medical Exposition taking place June 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas.
The M-ATV tactical ambulance offers an enhanced design that exceeds the military’s original M-ATV ambulance survivability requirements and delivers exceptional off-road mobility so military medics can reach and care for injured personnel in challenging operating environments.
“The M-ATV tactical ambulance is the lightest and most mobile MRAP ambulance available to Warfighters today, and it delivers MRAP-level protection mirroring the protection on M-ATVs now equipped with underbody improvement kits to keep them safe on the battlefield,” said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “As we have proved since we started work on the M-ATV program, Oshkosh has the production capabilities to deliver this vehicle in response to urgent needs in the field.”
The M-ATV tactical ambulance’s seating arrangement accommodates two litter and two ambulatory patients, or any combination thereof, providing increased capacity and configuration flexibility. Additionally, it takes less than two minutes to load two litter-bound patients into the vehicle for reduced exposure to enemy fire, less movement of the patient, and quicker evacuation and treatment of injured personnel. The vehicle delivers MRAP Level II protection and is designed to fit all government-furnished ambulance equipment easily.
Oshkosh has received orders for more than 8,300 M-ATVs to date. The company is supplying the M-ATV base and the M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) to the U.S. armed forces, and has designed other variants such as the tactical ambulance based on needs identified in theater. The M-ATV is five tons lighter than any other MRAP and offers the best off-road performance thanks to the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system.
Oshkosh Defense leadership will be at the AUSA’s Army Medical Exposition to discuss the vehicle and more at booth #321. The event is being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.