Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is presenting its M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV), designed to protect troops and overcome rugged off-road terrain in demanding special operations missions, at the 21st International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO, Sept. 2-5 in Kielce, Poland.
“As Poland prepares to lead NATO’s special operations in Europe, Oshkosh Defense has the right mix of special forces expertise and advanced vehicles to meet the most demanding mission requirements,” said Serge Buchakjian, Senior Vice President and General Manager for International Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “Our M-ATV SFV offers Polish Armed Forces a modern, protected and highly mobile vehicle that is already supporting special operations. Additionally, as a global manufacturer, we retain partnerships with local industries in select markets and can ensure value is delivered to local economies.”
The M-ATV SFV is part of the Oshkosh Defense MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) family of vehicles, which also includes the base vehicle, Tactical Ambulance, Multi-Mission Vehicle (MMV) and 2.5 Cargo. Coalition forces are currently using the M-ATV in Afghanistan for protection against threats such as improvised explosive devices (IED) and to overcome the country’s rugged off-road terrain. The M-ATV uses the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system to support challenging tactical operations in rugged and mountainous off-road terrain. Battle-tested technology focused on crew safety meets Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle standards.
To date, Oshkosh Defense has delivered more than 9,500 life-saving M-ATVs to U.S. and global forces.
Oshkosh Defense developed the M-ATV SFV in close cooperation with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to meet the U.S. Special Forces’ demanding operational requirements. Such collaboration is intrinsic to the approach Oshkosh takes to meeting each customer’s specific mission profile. Among the many changes made to the base M-ATV to meet special forces’ needs in the SFV variant are a modified cargo deck, intended to accept specialized equipment based on each mission’s requirements, and larger front windscreens for increased visibility.
In addition to the vehicle on display, Oshkosh Defense also will present at MSPO its Integrated Product Support (IPS) capabilities, a comprehensive vehicle-service portfolio designed to optimize fleet readiness and life-cycle costs. Oshkosh IPS offerings include training services, instruction manuals, maintenance and repairs, parts supply, and fleet restoration services.