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Oshkosh marks program milestone

Jan. 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Wisconsin's Oshkosh Defense has marked the 2,000th refurbishment of a U.S. Army vehicle in the Theater-Provided Equipment Refurbishment program.

Oshkosh collaborates with the U.S. military on the TPER program, which eliminates the cost of shipping vehicles to the United States for repairs and returns the trucks to soldiers stationed in-theater more quickly.

"Many of the heavy and line-haul trucks that come to this facility have seen almost a decade of rugged, in-theater use," Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense said at a ceremony in Kuwait.

"The TPER program allows us to significantly reduce the cost of refurbishing the Army's vehicles and cuts maintenance cycle time by at least 60 days compared to U.S.-based repairs -- more quickly getting the trucks back out where they are needed."

Oshkosh said its Kuwait facility sees as many as 65 vehicles a month that need anywhere from 300-1,000 replacement parts.

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