Oshkosh shows new LCTV

Oct. 26, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense introduced a light combat tactical vehicle at the AUSA convention to demonstrate the future of such vehicles.

The vehicle features the company's latest advancements in off-road mobility, performance and protection for the U.S. military, including the next-generation of TAK-4 independent suspension systems which provide increased off-road mobility and better maneuverability.

"The LCTV technologies represent a forward-thinking, customer-guided approach to research and development, and more than 80 years of experience selling vehicles to the military," said Ken Juergens, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager, Joint Programs. "Our new TAK-4 system will further expand the vehicles' off-road capabilities to make military routes less predictable and warfighters less susceptible to roadside attacks.

"Combined with our ProPulse diesel-electric power train and modular capsule design, the LCTV provides a glimpse into the survivability and mobility potential of the U.S. military's light vehicle fleets."

The ProPulse technology delivers up to 20 percent improved fuel economy and has 70 kilowatts of available military-grade power. The bolt-together capsule design allows for vehicle upgrades and continuous enhancements to the capsule without having to weld or conduct major fabrication.

Oshkosh said the next-generation TAK-4 suspension system delivers 20 inches of independent wheel travel, using a larger shock absorber to deliver smoother ride quality at increased speeds. It is also adjustable to reduce vehicle height for better transportability.

The Association of the U.S. Army convention and exhibition is this week in Washington.

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