Jun 7, 2012 ASDNews Source : Oshkosh Corporation
Attendees at Eurosatory 2012, June 11-15 in Paris, will have an opportunity to witness the Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), which has set the standard for well-protected, highly mobile tactical military vehicles since first being fielded in Afghanistan in 2009. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will be showcasing the Oshkosh M-ATV’s performance capabilities when an M-ATV Tactical Ambulance takes part in the show’s live vehicle and technology demonstrations.
Live demonstrations open to all conference attendees will take place at the Eurosatory demo course at 10:30 a.m. Monday and Friday, and at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday of show week. In addition to the live demos, Oshkosh will be exhibiting its M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) at its booth #J619 in Hall 6.
“The M-ATV platform has provided exceptional off-road mobility and crew protection to coalition forces in Afghanistan, and we look forward to showing what this highly capable variant can do at Eurosatory,” said Serge Buchakjian, senior vice president and general manager of International Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Attendees will have an opportunity to see in person how the M-ATV Tactical Ambulance’s unique capabilities can best serve military medics and handle fast and easy loading of patients for safe recovery and evacuation on the battlefield.”
Part of the M-ATV family of vehicles, the M-ATV Tactical Ambulance is built to meet an international need for a more protected battlefield ambulance that can travel more extensively off-road. Oshkosh worked closely with military medical professionals on the vehicle’s design and interior layout. The fully functional ambulance will help military medics reach and treat casualties in hostile environments across rugged terrain. It allows for prompt extraction and treatment of patients when every moment counts, and has mounting provisions that provide options for a complete suite of medical equipment.
The M-ATV SFV, on display at Oshkosh’s booth, delivers the M-ATV platform’s best-in-class off-road mobility and high levels of protection with alterations specific to the needs of special forces. These include a modified cargo deck, intended to accept specialized equipment based on each mission’s requirements, and larger front windscreens for increased visibility. Oshkosh has received awards to date for nearly 8,700 M-ATVs, including more than 460 SFV variants.