The US Army has selected Oshkosh to build its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant.
Incumbent Oshkosh was awarded a firm, fixed-price requirements production contract reaching up to seven years, with an initial USD476.2 million value, according a 7 February army statement.
The army owns FMTV's technical data package, and re-competed the FMTV contract a decade ago for an A1P2 variant, with Oshkosh eventually beating incumbent BAE Systems in August 2009.
For the FMTV A2, the army had significant design leeway as it still owns the technical data package. It asked vendors to offer Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) “along with a plan to take the updated design and begin producing new trucks”.
The A2 effort is intended to rebalance the workhorse vehicle’s payload, performance, and protection, but also add electrical power, digital backbone, and safety features.
According to the army, those new trucks “will feature a higher capacity chassis to carry enhanced protection, a higher output alternator to simplify the electrical system and feed the growing demand for power, support enhanced vehicle diagnostics, increase engine power and performance, and introduce key safety features like electronic stability control”.
The army and Oshkosh Defense are to next finalise the FMTV A2 design and conduct testing before production begins. The first new vehicles are slated to roll off the production line in 2020, the army said.
Pat Williams, Oshkosh vice-president and general management for US Army and US Marine Corps programmes, told Jane’s the company’s A2 vehicle includes increased horsepower – by differently tuning its existing Caterpillar C7 engine – to get the extra payload required. It also moves the suspension from a ridged axel to a variation of Oshkosh’s TAK-4 independent suspension.
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