Oshkosh Defense, LLC announced it has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize its Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV). Oshkosh will bring the Army’s fleet of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load Systems (PLS) to its latest model configuration and the same zero-mile, zero-hour condition as new production vehicles.
Overall, the awards are valued at more than $258 million for the recapitalization of 670 vehicles and the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers. All work performed under the contract will be completed in Oshkosh, Wis., with deliveries beginning in December.
“Through recapitalization, heavily operated and utilized vehicles are returned to Oshkosh, stripped to the frame rails and completely rebuilt to like-new condition,” said Patrick Williams, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps programs. “As the original equipment manufacturer, our recapitalization services offer significant cost savings by returning vintage vehicles to current operational readiness with the same performance and life cycle cost advantages as a new vehicle.”
Recapitalized vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles, and put through the same extensive performance tests and inspection procedures as new vehicles. The vehicles also receive the latest technology and safety upgrades and are delivered with a new bumper-to-bumper warranty.
With a 13-ton payload and multiple variants for a wide range of operations, the HEMTT is a backbone of the Army’s logistics fleet. Oshkosh’s latest configuration, the HEMTT A4, utilizes a Caterpillar C15 engine rated 500 hp, Allison 4500 five-speed automatic transmission, an Oshkosh 55000 series two-speed transfer case and Oshkosh (front) and Dana DS480 axles (rear). The PLS vehicle also uses a Cat C15 rated 600 hp, along with an Allison 45000 transmission and an Oshkosh TAK4 front axle with AxleTech carrier and an AxleTech rear axle.