USMC picks Oshkosh emergency vehicles

June 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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OSHKOSH, Wis., June 3 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense has received a $192 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for a fleet of P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicles.

The vehicles, which are to replace the Marines' aging P-19 ARFF vehicles, will be the Marines' first-response vehicle in aircraft fire emergencies.

"Oshkosh has been supporting the P-19 ARFF fleet for more than 30 years, and we are honored that the U.S. Marine Corps has selected Oshkosh to provide a new generation of emergency response capabilities," said John Urias, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense.

The company said the P-19R is based on its Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement platform that supports the Marine Corps' off-road, heavy-payload missions and the technologically advanced Striker firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products.

It features the company's TAK-4 independent suspension, integrated diagnostics and automation system.

The number of vehicles ordered was not disclosed but Oshkosh said work under the contract is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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