OSHKOSH, Wis., June 23 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense will supply more than 5,100 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle protection kits to the U.S. military under an order from the U.S. Army.
The protection kits are designed to address the ever-changing and increasing threats in theater, including improvised explosive devices.
Under a separate order, Oshkosh was selected to provide tooling and labor to support installation of the protection kits.
"The M-ATVs are specifically designed to offer troops optimal protection and mobility on the battlefield," said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense.
"The advanced Oshkosh design easily accommodates the underbody protection kits, offering added protection without sacrificing payload."
In addition to its battle-proven armor configuration and ability to accept add-on protection kits, the M-ATVs are equipped with TAK-4 independent suspension systems to provide durable, best-in-class mobility while maintaining full payload capacity of 4,000 pounds and 70 percent off-road profile capacity.
The awards have a combined value of more than $245 million.
Deliveries under the order for protection kits are expected to be completed by July of next year, the company said.
Oshkosh has received awards for more than 8,100 M-ATV protection kits. Delivery of tools is expected to occur in July. The labor contract is anticipated to last one year.
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