Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Oshkosh Defense’s FMTV A2 proposal

via Oshkosh Defense Press Release.
 Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today that it has submitted a proposal in response to the U.S. Government’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 production effort.  Oshkosh’s FMTV A2 proposal addresses the U.S. Army’s need for increased payload and improved survivability, ride quality, and mobility.

“As the missions change, so should the vehicles built to support those missions,” said Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of Army and Marine Corps Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “With our proposed FMTV A2 design, Oshkosh leverages its vast experience manufacturing and providing support to FMTV vehicles under the current FMTV A1P2 program. No one understands the U.S. Army’s FMTV platform better than Oshkosh Defense, and we are prepared to seamlessly transition into FMTV A2 production.”

Oshkosh Defense’s FMTV A2 proposal is in response to the U.S. Army’s competitive RFP that requires bidders to validate and produce an upgraded FMTV A2 fleet of vehicles with improved payload, underbody protection, ride quality, mobility, engine power, electronics, diagnostics, and safety enhancements.  The Firm Fixed Price (FFP) and Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) requirements contract will establish pricing for up to seven order years.  The Government can buy over 2,400 trucks and 1,200 underbody kits across the contract.  The scope of work includes delivering upgraded vehicles for test and logistics development as soon as 450 days after contract award, expected in the spring of 2018.
Why is this high on my list of must do items for the Marine Corps?  Because the MTVR has been ridin' hard and put away wet.

That truck has turned into the real backbone of the Ground Combat Element and they need a rebuild .... preferably an update like the Army is doing with
the FMTV.

One other thing.  Why something as simple as trucks can't be standardized across the services is beyond me.  Perhaps the FMTV and MTVR share common components so they ARE leveraging economy of scale.  But if they aren't we need to fix this quick.  The Army could easily move from a 5 ton to the Corps 7 ton truck.  The Marines surely could use a 2.5 ton too.

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