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Oshkosh receives contract for motor vehicle parts for Marine Corps

By James LaPorta
Oshkosh receives contract for motor vehicle parts for Marine Corps
Civilians and U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 841st Transportation Battalion on-load Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles onto the Liberty Maritime Corporation’s ship Liberty Pasion. Photo by Ensign Rob Donnelly/U.S. Navy.

Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense LLC., has been awarded a contract for various motor vehicle parts and accessories for use by the U.S. Marine Corps as the Defense Department continues to modernize its fleet of military vehicles.

The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $71.7 million under a firm-firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract, which means the U.S. government will not reimburse Oshkosh for additional costs that may arise.

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Officials say the deal is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods. The $71.7 million cost is the maximum dollar amount for the totality of the contract, including options, according to a Defense Department press statement.

Work on the contract will be performed in Wisconsin and is expected to be completed in Nov. 2022. Defense working capital funds from fiscal 2018 through 2023 will be used to fund the deal.

In September, Oshkosh Defense received $466.8 million on a modification to an existing contract for the production of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles for the U.S. Army.

The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles is a series of armored tactical cargo trucks. Variants of the platform are used for troop and equipment transport, vehicle recovery and other tasks in a utility role. The cabs of the trucks are fully armored with bullet and shrapnel resistant plates, and ballistic glass for the windshield and windows for crew protection.

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The A1P2 variant of the FMTV is the standard cargo version of the truck for moving equipment and supplies.

That contract is expected to be completed in August 2018.

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