Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV)
Oshkosh Truck Corp. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty commercial, fire and emergency and military trucks under the "Oshkosh," "Pierce," "McNeilus" and "MTM" trademarks. The Company began business in 1917 and was among the early pioneers of four-wheel drive technology. In 1981, the Company was awarded the first Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck contract for the US Department of Defense, and quickly developed into the DoD's leading supplier of severe-duty heavy tactical trucks. In 1996, the Company began a strategic initiative to shed under-performing assets and to diversify its business by making selective acquisitions in attractive specialty segments of the commercial truck and truck body markets to complement its defense truck business.
Oshkosh Truck has sold products to the DoD for over 70 years. The Company's proprietary military all-wheel drive product line of heavy payload tactical trucks includes the HEMTT, the Heavy Equipment Transporter ("HET"), the Palletized Load System ("PLS"), Common Bridge Transporter ("CBT") and the Logistic Vehicle System ("LVS"). The Company has developed a strong relationship with the DoD over the years that has resulted in the Company operating under "family contracts" with the DoD for the HEMTT, HET, PLS and LVS and for DoD vehicle parts. "Family contracts" is the term given to contracts that group similar models together to simplify the acquisition process. Under the vehicle family contracts, the DoD orders a specified range of volume of either HEMTT, HET, PLS or LVS trucks at fixed prices, which allows the Company to predict and plan its long-term production and delivery schedules for vehicles.
Several types of heavy tactical vehicles are transforming the combat service support of the first digitized division (FDD) and the Stryker brigade combat team. The heavy expanded-mobility tactical truck (HEMTT) load-handling system (LHS), the forward repair system (FRS), the container roll-in/roll-out platform (CROP) and the container-handling unit (CHU) reduce the logistics footprint of both the FDD and the BCT. The 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) became the first unit equipped with all these systems in late 2000.
The RDT&E appropriation for FY 1993 provided funds for improved tactical transportation in the form of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).
The FY 1995 budget affirmed the Army's need for improvements in its tactical transportation capability. This need was addressed by continuing the multiyear procurement of two critical Army requirements: the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and the family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles Palletized Load System. The budget also supported improvement of the family of Medium Tactical Vehicles and the High Mobility Trailer programs.
Funding to achieve the Army Vision highlighted the Army budget proposed for fiscal year (FY) 2001. The budget sought procurement of 1,002 high-mobility, multipurpose, wheeled vehicles (HMMWV's); 2,577 trucks in the family of medium tactical vehicles; and 404 trucks in the family of heavy tactical vehicles. A program to give each heavy, expanded-mobility, tactical truck (HEMTT) an improved engine, antilock brakes, and a load-handling system reduced operating and support costs and improve fleet readiness.
The Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) contract was awarded to Oshkosh Truck Corp. in March 2001. It combines HEMTT, HEMTT ESP, PLS and HETS production under one contract. New HEMTT and HEMTT ESP production under the FHTV contract will extend into 2007. This "family" contract combines several heavy truck models into a single contractual framework to improve contract management efficiencies for the U.S. government. To improve operating, support and life cycle costs, this contract allows Oshkosh to integrate product improvements and new technologies into all models during the life of the contract.
On 29 March 2001 Oshkosh Truck Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded a $120,746,528 five year requirements contract with a potential value of $1,000,000,000, for the following family of heavy tactical vehicles: 769 M1075 Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks and chassis; 1,180 M1076 PLS trailers; 1,090 M977 Series Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT), to include M978 tanker, M983 tractor, M984A1 wrecker, and M985 cargo; 1,305 HEMTT Extended Service Program vehicles; 683 M1070 Heavy Equipment Transporter tractors, and 498 M1977 Common Bridge Transporters. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis. (95%), and Bradenton, Fla. (5%), and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2006.
Program element 0604622A Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles funds various heavy tactical vehicle capabilities to support combat and combat support missions. These missions include the following: line haul, local haul, and unit resupply; and transporting water, ammo, and general cargo. FY99 Project 659 funding supports the Palletized Load System (PLS) safety enhancements. FY00 Project 659 provides funds for a PLS load handling system- compatible water distributor module for construction applications and replenishment/ augmentation of fire- fighting operations. Project E50 funding supports requirements for a Trailer R& D program to demonstrate technologies that support the Army's objectives to minimize operational and support costs, while modernizing trailer systems that provide significant benefits to the Army warfighting capability. Project E50 funding also supports the Heavy Equipment Transporter System highway use Engineering & Manufacturing Development and Trailer Modernization for Fuel Transport. Project E51 funding supports Low Rate Initial Production and Testing on the Forward Repair System (FRS) Warfighter Rapid Acquisition Program.
In the FY 03 budget, critical Combat Service Support programs such as the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) were significantly increased.
Oshkosh Truck Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on Oct. 22, 2003, a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rebuilding of a Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis. (75%) and St. Louis, Mo. (25%), and is expected to be completed by March 2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on Oct. 1, 2003. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-04-C-0016).
Oshkosh Truck Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on Dec. 19, 2003, a delivery order amount of $212,228,630 as part of a $945,174,668 firm-fixed-price contract for Vehicles of the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles Heavy Equipment Mobility Tactical Trucks Palletized Loading System and associated kits. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on Jan. 20, 2001. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-D-S014).
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