Oshkosh Truck markets ADI Bushmaster
SHAUN CONNORS JDW Editor, Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics
* The marketing agreement for the Bushmaster primarily covers North America and countries covered by Foreign Military Sales
* Oshkosh has also produced prototypes for a new tactical truck range
Oshkosh Truck of the US recently disclosed to JDW that the company is marketing the ADI Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle.
In a separate announcement the company also disclosed that it has produced a number of prototypes of a new tactical truck range: the Medium Tactical
The Bushmaster was purpose-designed for mine- and blast- resistance and throughout its design process considerable attention was paid to high levels
of troop safety and operational comfort in hot/tropical climates. These and other factors, including the well-thought out ergonomics of the base
vehicle design, contribute to the suitability of the Bushmaster for a considerable number of the protected troop transport/convoy escort-type
requirements being generated by the situation in Iraq.
The Bushmaster is in volume production for the Australian Army and has been deployed operationally to East Timor and Iraq, with Oshkosh Truck offering
logistic support for those Bushmasters deployed to Iraq.
The marketing agreement between Oshkosh Truck and ADI for the Bushmaster primarily covers North America and those countries covered by Foreign
Military Sales. Volume dependant, Bushmaster could be manufactured by Oshkosh in the US and - to reduce procurement costs, increase local content and
provide greater fleet commonality - could utilise Oshkosh-produced components such as the TAK-4 independent suspension and/or locally sourced
driveline components such as an Allison automatic transmission.
Offering a variant of ADI's High Mobility Engineering Vehicle (HMEV), Oshkosh teamed with ADI to bid for the US Army's estimated, 500-vehicle High
Mobility Engineering Excavator (HMEE) requirement, a contract award for which is anticipated by the end of 2005. In conjunction with ADI, Oshkosh is
one of nine contractors shortlisted for Project Overlander (Land 121), Australia's light vehicle, truck and trailer replacement programme.
Following discussions with a number of established customers Oshkosh Truck commenced development earlier in 2005 of the MTT range. Designed for
tactical roles, the range covers 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 chassis and combines components of Oshkosh's heavy-duty construction trucks (cab and suspension
being examples) and purpose-designed severe-duty military trucks (chassis, body and cooling package being examples) such as the Medium Tactical
Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT), with readily available commercial driveline components supplied by the
likes of Allison, Caterpillar, Cummins and Eaton. The result, according to the company, is a truck with levels of mobility, performance and durability
close to those of a purpose-designed military truck but at a price closer to that of a militarised commercial truck.
Established Oshkosh truck users in a number of countries are evaluating the prototype MTTs.
Oshkosh Truck is producing the MTVR for the US marines and navy. Around 6,000 examples have been manufactured to date and under current contracts
production will continue will continue until Fiscal Year 2010. Under the US Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles contract awarded in 2001,
Oshkosh is delivering new-build M977 series HEMTTs and M1075 PLS (Palletised Load System) trucks and M1076 PLS trailers, is remanufacturing
service-worn HEMTTs and is refurbishing service-worn PLS trucks and trailers and M1070 HETs.
The FHTV contract is worth in excess of USD1 billion and if all options are exercised calls for approximately 5,398 new trucks, 1,100 new trailers and
the continued remanufacture/refurbishment of trucks and trailers under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
Additionally, Oshkosh Truck is one of two bidders (the other being American Truck Company) competing to replace the US marines' Oshkosh-supplied
MK-48 Logistic Vehicle System. Each company supplied three prototype vehicles earlier in 2005; a contract award is due mid-2006.
JANE'S DEFENCE WEEKLY - SEPTEMBER 14, 2005
[edit on 26-9-2005 by Jezza]