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GD’s Force Protection Divison Wins U.K. Contract

Force Protection was one of the first and largest manufacturers of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles used by the U.S. and its Allies in Afghanistan and Iraq. For a time during the first decade of this century the company won a large number of contracts to build, service and maintain these vehicles as the U.S. quickly ramped up its inventory.

Over the last few years though it was a different story as the company faced struggles due to declining demand and the fact that the new MRAP for Afghanistan, the MRAP-AT, contract was won by Oshkosh (OSK). Eventually the company and its assets were acquired by General Dynamics (GD) who also has made MRAP and armor for these vehicles.

That does not mean that different military forces are not investing in MRAP just that the market has shrunk significantly. The U.K. just awarded GD a contract for 51 more Force Protection Foxhound vehicles for use in Afghanistan. The value is just over $73 million.

The U.K. already operates Foxhounds and in 2010 ordered 376 of them. They are made in the U.K. by the former Force Protection.

The military vehicle market still remains strong as the U.S. needs to replace and upgrade large amounts of vehicles from the 1980′s that have seen heavy use since 2001. They also need to fit the stocks of MRAP’s into their tactical formations and doctrine.

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Oshkosh Defense Delivers 100,000th Military Vehicle — Press Release

Caption: Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corp. CEO, and John Urias, president of Oshkosh Defense, honor Clarence Jungwirth for his 66 years of service to the company at a celebration marking the delivery of the company’s 100,000th military vehicle, the extremely mobile and protected Oshkosh M-ATV, seen above in Oshkosh, Wis. on Oct. 17.

Oshkosh marks major milestone in mobilizing military forces

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Oct. 17, 2012) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), and producer of light, medium and heavy tactical and armored Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, today celebrated the delivery of its 100,000th military vehicle. Oshkosh employees gathered to commemorate the accomplishment as the Company’s 100,000th vehicle, a MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), rolled off the manufacturing line.

“The founders of Oshkosh Corporation built the Company’s first vehicle with patented four-wheel-drive technologies more than 95 years ago, so it is only fitting that the 100,000th defense vehicle is an M-ATV with exceptional off-road mobility,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “This milestone also speaks to our future. Our vehicles are helping military and security organizations around the world by providing new levels of performance, protection and mobility.”

The 100,000th defense vehicle from Oshkosh is part of the first delivery of M-ATVs to the United Arab Emirates. To date, Oshkosh has received orders for more than 9,500 M-ATVs worldwide.

Oshkosh Defense Major Programs Timeline

Milestone                                                                                 Customer                                               Date

Model W-700 Introduced                                                    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers       1939

E-Award – Excellence in Wartime Production           U.S. Army and Navy                        1945

MB-5 ARFF Contract                                                            U.S. Navy                                             1968

M911 HET Contract                                                             U.S. Army                                             1976

HEMTT Production Begins                                                 U.S. Army                                             1982

First LVSR Deliveries                                                           U.S. Marine Corps                               1985

PLS Contract                                                                           U.S. Army                                             1990

MTVR Contract                                                                      U.S. Marine Corps                               1998

Wheeled Tanker Contract                                                   U.K. MoD                                                2003

FMTV & M-ATV Contracts                                                  Joint Services                                       2009

Cargo UGV Project – TerraMax System                         U.S. Marine Corps                               2010-2012

International M-ATV Contract                                         UAE Armed Forces                              2012

In addition to the M-ATV, Oshkosh Defense produces the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ heavy and medium vehicles fleets and has developed multiple light vehicle offerings. The Company received a contract this summer for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase. The JLTV aims to replace many of the U.S. military’s aged HMMWVs with a lightweight vehicle that offers greater protection, mobility and transportability. The Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) incorporates the latest proven technologies to deliver unprecedented mobility and ride quality.

Oshkosh has delivered a full range of tactical and armored vehicles to nearly 20 countries – including Canada, Mexico, England, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Proprietary vehicle technologies developed by Oshkosh also help militaries increase mobility, protection and efficiency in current fleets.

To help militaries sustain their fleets and maintain peak readiness levels, Oshkosh Defense offers a full range of Integrated Product Support services globally. Offerings include training, field service, integrated logistics and parts supply support, as well as fleet modernization to keep vehicles on the move throughout their entire life-cycle.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Pall’s Regenerable Chemical Warfare Protection System Chosen for Terrier Vehicle

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pall Corporation has been selected by BAE Systems to supply, in partnership with AMETEK, its chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protection systems for the Terrier military vehicle.

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Oshkosh Defense Showcases Light Military Vehicle Technologies to Address the Evolution of the Modern Battlefield — Press Release

Oshkosh Defense Showcases Light Military Vehicle Technologies to Address the Evolution of the Modern Battlefield

Technologies Include Next-Generation TAK-4® Independent Suspension System

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Oct. 25, 2010) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), today unveiled a vehicle to demonstrate the future of light tactical wheeled vehicles at the AUSA 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

This vehicle, called the Light Combat Tactical Vehicle (LCTV), 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. The new system provides increased off-road mobility, improved vehicle maneuverability and smoother ride quality.

“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 powertrain 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 kW of available military-grade power. The bolt-together capsule design – proven on the Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and legacy MRAPs – allows for vehicle upgrades and continuous enhancements to the capsule without having to weld or conduct major fabrication.

The next-generation TAK-4 suspension system delivers 20 inches of independent wheel travel. It also uses a larger shock absorber to deliver an even smoother ride quality at increased speeds and is adjustable to reduce vehicle height for better transportability. Like the demonstration vehicle’s other technologies, it is scalable for use on light, medium and heavy fleets. Oshkosh’s current TAK-4 independent suspension system has been proven in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where it has been successfully integrated on multiple vehicle platforms to include the M-ATV, Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR), and other legacy MRAP vehicles.

Oshkosh’s ProPulse technology has been demonstrated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A3 and the Oshkosh MTVR, which are undergoing testing with the Army and Marine Corps respectively. “The modular nature of the Oshkosh ProPulse system allows for easy integration and flexibility for the future, such as the inclusion of fuel cells for power generation,” Juergens added.

The demonstration vehicle’s capsule is optimized for weight and survivability, utilizing the latest and most proven technologies and techniques available to the Warfighter. Oshkosh has a history of delivering advanced survivability solutions. Its (HEMTT) A4 was the first vehicle delivered to the U.S. military with an integrated A-kit/B-kit armor configuration.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.
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PPG to Display Military Vehicle That Highlights Products at AUSA 2010 Meeting

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) will display a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, today through Oct. 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The vehicle highlights PPG products developed specifically for military vehicles, demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing solutions to the U.S. military. The display vehicle highlights several products dev

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U.S. Army Uses Alcoa Defense to Develop Prototype for Lighter, More Fuel Efficient Military Vehicles

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Defense has applied innovative technology it developed for high-performance cars and the aerospace market in a project for the U.S. Army showcasing the ability of aluminum to make the next generation of military vehicle lighter, faster, stronger – and more fuel efficient. Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has created an aluminum structure for the Army’s Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) that will make the vehicle up to 10 percent lighter than a comparably sized st

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Kollmorgen Power Generation System Delivers Necessary Power at Desired Voltage in Power-Hungry Military Vehicles

RADFORD, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kollmorgen introduces the Power Generation System - a complete, robust power platform that can be optimized to meet virtually any military vehicle’s energy demands.

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Oshkosh Corporation Displays Fuel Efficient Military Vehicle at Hybrid Truck Users Forum — Press Release

Oshkosh Corporation Displays Fuel Efficient Military Vehicle at Hybrid Truck Users Forum

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Oct. 26, 2009 — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today its Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A3 equipped with ProPulse® diesel electric hybrid system is on display October 27 – 29 at CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) in Atlanta. Attendees will be offered rides in the Oshkosh vehicle on Oct. 29 at Turner Field. The Oshkosh ProPulse vehicle provides a substantial fuel economy improvement for the application of a hybrid drivetrain in a military vehicle.

The HEMTT A3 is equipped with the Oshkosh proprietary ProPulse diesel electric hybrid system, a technology currently under various stages of development across several commercial and military Oshkosh vehicle platforms.

“We focused our efforts on optimizing the vehicle design and engine control strategy to maximize fuel economy, and those efforts have paid off significantly,” said Gary Schmiedel, Oshkosh Corporation vice president of Advanced Product Engineering. “We’re sharing the research results for the first time this week because the Hybrid Truck Users Forum brings together the best in industry technology with the U.S. Army. At Oshkosh Corporation, we take a similar approach towards excellence by applying leading technologies with a strong customer focus in an effort to better serve our military customers.”

Earlier this month, the Oshkosh HEMTT A3 outperformed a similar but conventional drive vehicle in multiple scenarios, including a range of steady speeds and aggressive acceleration starts and stops. The HEMTT A3 demonstrated a 24 percent improvement in fuel economy at 60 mph cruising speed and a 33 percent improvement in a start-and-stop-cycle.

In addition to the benefits of increased fuel economy, the Oshkosh HEMTT A3 provides a better crew environment because noise and vibration are reduced. Also, the simplified drivetrain and the resultant flexibility of equipment positioning, allow for increased vehicle capabilities and reduced maintenance requirements. The HEMTT A3 is equipped with a load handling system which can off-load a C-130 aircraft, has a variable height independent suspension and lower center of gravity for increased maneuverability and handling. The HEMTT A3 can export up to 100 kW of clean, military-grade electrical power making the A3 ideally suited to support initial deployment of troops, bring electrical power to remote areas, as well as support recovery missions in the event of a natural disaster.

“We are proud of the initiative and investments member companies like Oshkosh are making to develop new, efficient and clean technologies for heavy-duty and military trucks,” said Bill Van Amburg, senior vice president CALSTART. “Together we will help improve our national security by lessening our dependence on fossil fuels.”

The Oshkosh ProPulse technology can be integrated into any new vehicle design, like the HEMTT A3. Additionally upgrade kits are available for existing vehicles, such as the Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) with OBVP to provide on-board vehicle power (OBVP). The technology also has been integrated on an Oshkosh commercial chassis in a refuse hauling application as part of the Advanced Heavy Hybrid Propulsion System Project sponsored by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Altair, TARDEC Emphasize Need for Increased Modeling and Simulation in the Development of Military Ground Vehicles — Press Release

Altair, TARDEC Emphasize Need for Increased Modeling and Simulation in the Development of Military Ground Vehicles

AIM FIRE Military Day event draws key engineering leaders to discuss modeling and simulation tools and their impact on the evolving military vehicle development process

altair-twoTROY, Mich. – May 15, 2009 – The role of modeling and simulation in tomorrow’s defense engineering industry was a focal point for some of the top experts in military and software engineering at the Advanced Innovative Methods for Improved Reliability & Efficiency (AIM FIRE) Military Day, a program co-hosted by leading global technology provider Altair Engineering, Inc. (www.altair.com) and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

More than 170 military personnel, military engineering professionals, and prime/sub contractors, as well as a member of U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s staff, participated in the May 14 event at Altair Engineering’s World Headquarters in Troy, Mich.

Altair has provided simulation software and consulting to TARDEC and its customers for more than 10 years, and AIM FIRE Military Day was designed to extend that relationship to the most current and urgent needs of America’s military forces.

Dr. David Gorsich, TARDEC’s chief scientist, delivered the keynote, “Reliability and Efficient Military Ground Systems,” which focused on the simulations being used to drive vehicle systems development and the need for more simulation in the testing of these crucial systems.

“Efficiency and reliability are key to improving the robustness of the U.S. military’s fleet of ground-wheeled vehicles,” Dr. Gorsich said. “We must leverage simulation methodologies in the design of combat vehicle systems to achieve the Army’s goals of technologies superiority and readiness.”

The AIM FIRE Military Day event served as an important showcase of new and highly balanced design approaches for military ground vehicles, including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles – also known as M-ATV vehicles – which are meant to increase force protection, fuel-efficiency, survivability rates associated with attacks from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and more. A key change in the way these vehicles are being designed is the use of advanced computer simulation methods that help ensure improved reliability and efficiency of the vehicles and their armor and reduced total life cycle costs.

Computer-based programs, employing Altair software, can simulate IED blasts and their potential impact on vehicles of various designs. Data gathered from these simulations may lead to the production of vehicles that weigh less without sacrificing structural reliability and therefore can be equipped with more protection without increasing total weight. Lighter vehicles are operationally more efficient, thereby allowing longer periods between refueling and overall energy and fuel savings. These simulations ultimately create lifecycle cost savings that result from “up front” vehicle optimization design.

“Simulation techniques have immensely improved the efficiency with which we design safer cars and trucks, and similar design tools are making ground-wheeled military vehicles more effective in protecting our troops,” said Jason Napolitano, regional managing director for Altair Engineering, Inc.

Currently, six contractors provide MRAP vehicles, but no single vehicle solves all the potential issues that fighting and peacekeeping forces confront. Altair is working with TARDEC to recommend ways to use computer simulation to standardize a design that meets all of the military’s needs, which results in a more efficient use of defense dollars as well as supports Michigan’s high-tech/defense industry.

The AIM FIRE event covered a wide range of technical issues, from designing a hull that better protects occupants to using simulated field situations for designing and testing vehicles. In addition to Altair and TARDEC, representatives from BAE Systems, Force Protection, Inc., General Dynamics Land Systems and Realtime Technologies, Inc., delivered presentations. The modeling and simulation technologies and strategies discussed at the conference are drawing increased attention from the defense industry, and the AIM FIRE event is expected to set the stage for future industry discussions on using simulation to speed improved vehicle design.

About TARDEC

TARDEC, part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), is headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Mich. It is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology. TARDEC’s mission is to provide full service life cycle engineering support to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, and the Program Manager for Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team. TARDEC supports more than 2,800 Army systems and many of the Army’s and DOD’s top joint warfighter development programs. To learn more, please visit www.tardec.army.mil.

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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Rentech’s RenDiesel® Selected to Demonstrate Viability of Synthetic Fuel for U.S. Military Vehicle Use at Selfridge Air Show

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rentech, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: RTK) announced today that it has sold quantities of its synthetic diesel fuel, RenDiesel®, for use in a special military vehicle to demonstrate the viability

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