Marines And Oshkosh Move Out On New Truck

by: Matthew Potter
June 29, 2009

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The U.S. Marine Corps initiated a new program for Oshkosh Defense to build them a heavy, multi-purpose truck. The Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) program is for a new tactical vehicle to perform a variety of roles.

The U.S. military had to invest heavily in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and up armor their older tactical vehicles, like HUMVEES and trucks. This program will take advantage of that experience to develop and produce a new vehicle to carry out a variety of missions for the U.S.M.C. As the MRAP has had issues working in tactical situations this is another program to fix some of these issues. The contract is worth just over $700 million if all options are exercised. Right now the contract is for about 600 vehicles.

Like the MRAP-ATV program where there will be a lighter, more mobile vehicle developed to work the rougher terrain in Afghanistan the concept of this program is sensible. Oshkosh will stand to do well with this product if it works out and other services and countries buy it.

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