New protection suits were recently
introduced for the Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement truck (MTVR),
used by the US Marine Corps. The corps is planning to protect 3,000 of its 3,600
trucks. Plasan Sasa has also introduced an MTVR armoring
solution. Plasan and Oshkosh recently won a $144 million US Marine Corps
contract to supply 796 ECP-59 Armor Protection Kits (APK) for MTVR trucks,
based on Plasan Sasa's protection systems. According to the Pentagon release,
75% of the work will be done by Plasan Sasa in Israel. With options for
124 additional kits, exercised in February 2005. The completion of this contract
is scheduled for December 2005. In September 2005 the Marines added $100 million
for 930 additional kits. Completion of the new order which is subcontracted to
Plasan Sasa by Armor Holdings, is scheduled by the end of
2006. The total value of the program to date (aprox. 2,000 vehicles) is set at $305 million.
The ECP-59 APK were designed specifically for the MTVR
and include cabin protection and armor plating
of the cargo bed as well as suspension upgrades and air-conditioning systems.
The armor is designed to enable the occupants to return fire behind protected
positions. The trucks will be delivered through 2005 starting in the first
quarter. The solution provides ballistic and mine protection against various
small arms and IED threats. Armor Systems International (ASI) has also proposed
an armor kit for the truck.
This kit weighs 6,700 lbs and includes the armor, transparent armor windshield
and windows. The cab weight is 2,200 lb, and the armor protection for the cargo
bed weighs 4,500 lbs. The kit includes LLM blast mitigation system for
August 2006: Oshkosh and Plasan Sasa won a US
Marine Corps contract to supply armor kits for 700 LVSR
trucks. The kits will be developed by Plasan Sasa beginning 2007, to be
followed by deliveries through 2010.