facebook
twitter
search
search

Marines testing Oshkosh firefighting vehicles

Jan. 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Prototype aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles have been delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps for testing by Oshkosh Defense, the company said Thursday.

The vehicles are its P-19R on-road/off-road trucks, which were chosen by the Marines last year to replace Oshkosh firefighting vehicles currently in use.

"We delivered three P-19R prototypes in December and will support them as they undergo rigorous government testing through this summer," said John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for Oshkosh Defense.

"The Oshkosh P-19R will replace the fleet of Oshkosh P-19A ARFF vehicles, which were first fielded with the Marine Corps in 1984 and are reaching the end of their service lives. With this vehicle, we've rolled into one platform our decades of experience producing military and ARFF vehicles to give Marines more advanced firefighting capabilities."

The new P-19R aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle features independent suspension for off-road use and advanced Stryker firefighting systems.

Oshkosh gave no details as to the length of the testing program.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Ford recalls 432,000 North American vehicles over software bug
New Zealand military receives medium heavy military trucks
BBC to lay off 1,000 people to make up for $234M in lost revenue
U.S. proposes tighter pipeline spill rules
Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion in cash, stocks