Oshkosh Defense to integrate camera systems, improve situational awareness on combat vehicles

OSHKOSH, Wis., 3 Oct. 2009. Oshkosh Corp.'s Defense Segment won a $33 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply a rear-mounted camera system on more than 2,200 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to provide improved situational awareness for vehicle occupants.

Oct 3rd, 2009

OSHKOSH, Wis., 3 Oct. 2009. Oshkosh Corp.'s Defense Segment won a $33 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply a rear-mounted camera system on more than 2,200 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to provide improved situational awareness for combat vehicle occupants.

Ken Juergens, M-ATV program director for Oshkosh Defense, says: "The advanced M-ATV provides exceptional mobility and protection capabilities, and this technology will help the vehicle's crew better survey their surroundings as they navigate Afghanistan's harsh environments."

The camera system, which integrates with existing vehicle video displays, provides a 40-degree vertical and 54-degree horizontal field of view. The system uses an infrared camera core in an LED-equipped tailgate assembly and provides visibility through dust, obscurants, and incremental weather in day and night operations.

Oshkosh is a manufacturer of next-generation vehicles and can incorporate advanced technologies into each vehicle platform it manufactures, says a representative. The company has delivered its M-ATV requirements ahead of schedule every month and will ramp up production to 1,000 vehicles per month in December.

To date, Oshkosh has received awards totaling $2.3 billion for 4,296 M-ATVs.

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