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Army Evaluates MTVR-Based M-ATV

Oshkosh unveiled their M-ATV based on the proven MTRV truck hull, originally designed for all-terrain mobility. Oshkosh considers their vehicle to represent a low-risk option, as it is based on a truck widely used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US Marine Corps in a 6x6 configuration where this truck performed over 400,000 test miles.

This vehicle is designed for the highest weight of all M-ATV models, capable of GVW rating of 32,500 lbs (14,742 kg). The M-ATV uses a 4x4 configuration to maintain a shorter hull. The vehicle uses the TAK-4 independent suspension designed with 16" wheel travel for 70% off road and 30% on-road durability. It uses a Caterpillar C7 engine developing 370 hp, coupled to an Allison 3500 SP automatic transmission.


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The vehicle has the agility to traverse mountainous terrain with ease, while dashing on road at a top speed of 65 mph, cruising for 320 miles unrefueled. It can ford 36 inch (914) deep water can be carried by C-130 aircraft, and CH-53 and CH-47 helicopters.

On Marh 6, 2009 Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command for government purchase of the two production-ready Oshkosh mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicles. The contract, valued at $1 million, was one of two orders awarded to companies that have met the government’s initial design requirements for the M-ATV program, including weight, crew support and survivability. Orders have already been awarded to Oshkosh and Force Dynamics.

Following the completion of successful military testing on two production-ready M-ATVs, Oshkosh received in April 09 an order for three additional vehicles, for follow-on testing in May 09, toward a final selection of the Army's M-ATV. Force Dynamics has also received a similar order, after passing the Army evaluation. In addition, Oshkosh funded testing at the Nevada Automotive Test Center continued. By the third week of April the MTVR based MATV has undergone more than 3,000 miles of durability testing, including more than 1,000 miles of accelerated off-road testing.

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