Oshkosh Defense LCTV Showcases Advances in Light Vehicle Performance and Protection at AUSA Winter
LCTV Completed 1,061-Mile Off-Road Race Using Next-Generation Oshkosh Technologies
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Feb. 23, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will have its Light Combat Tactical Vehicle (LCTV) at AUSA Winter 2011 being held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Oshkosh LCTV successfully completed the 43rd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road course in November. Oshkosh developed the LCTV with the latest advanced technologies to demonstrate the future of light tactical vehicles – including improved mobility, exportable power capabilities and optimal crew protection.
“Oshkosh conducted extensive independent testing of the LCTV and its technologies, but nothing compared to putting this vehicle through the paces and seeing it finish the 1,061-mile Baja race,” said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The race allowed us to push these technologies in a very grueling, uncontrolled environment. The LCTV was the first military truck and the first diesel-electric vehicle to finish the Baja race. It was a thrilling venture for us, and we came away with new data to further refine our advanced technologies to support those who serve.”
Among the technologies used on the LCTV is the next-generation of the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4® independent suspension system. Building on the proven existing TAK-4 system, it provides 20 inches of independent wheel travel, resulting in increased mobility and improved ride quality across harsh or rocky terrain. The suspension is adjustable to reduce vehicle height for easier transportability. The LCTV also uses the Oshkosh ProPulse® diesel-electric powertrain, which can deliver 70 kW of available military-grade power and up to 20 percent improved fuel economy.
“Integrating technology, such as our ProPulse powertrain, has the potential to be a force multiplier for military fleets,” Juergens said. “Exportable vehicle power offers Warfighters a reliable energy source in even the most remote environments to support command centers, equipment and weapon systems. It also would minimize reliance on fuel convoys by improving vehicle fuel economy up to 20 percent and reducing the need for trailer-mounted generators.”
Oshkosh designed the LCTV’s crew capsule to be optimized for weight and survivability, utilizing the latest technologies and techniques. Similar to the combat-proven Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), the LCTV’s capsule uses a bolt-together design that allows for in-theater vehicle upgrades and continuous enhancements without having to weld or conduct major fabrication.
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.
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