02 Feb 09. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation will continue to provide superior protection for soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan’s rugged battlefields through its newest offering of the Oshkosh® MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Oshkosh Defense has joined forces with Plasan North America to outfit the M-ATV with a battle-tested, mission-proven armor system that provides maximum survivability. Survivability is an essential requirement of the M-ATV, a new combat vehicle that the U.S. Department of Defense is calling for to meet survivability and mobility needs in the region. Teaming with Oshkosh, Plasan brings the technology and experience necessary for a superior armor system. Plasan has developed the armor for more than 5,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Iraq and for the Oshkosh Armored Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) currently conducting operations in Afghanistan. The M-ATV armor is based on an advanced armor solution that has been government tested and received an “excellent/low-risk” evaluation. In addition, Plasan continues to perform numerous material-coupon and mine-blast tests to support the M-ATV survivability system.
Jan 09. Car Insurance News: 25% Discount on Classic Military Vehicle Insurance. The boom in interest in classic military vehicles shows no sign of slowing down. Now Adrian Flux Insurance Services has joined forces with the Military Vehicle Trust to offer a 25% discount on insurance for military vehicles. Back in the Sixties enthusiasts started by rescuing abandoned World War Two vehicles. These days the scene has grown enormously and they drive a whole host of machines, dating back to the Great War, from tanks to motorbikes and sidecars, American jeeps, British Landrovers and Russian armoured cars, not to mention specialist vehicles such as bridging cranes. One area that can cause problems is insurance, since most insurers won’t look at military vehicles. One company that does is specialist broker Adrian Flux. It’s agreed a deal with the Military Vehicle Trust, the UK’s biggest specialist club, that gives members a 25% discount on insurance. “Although the mainstream insurers don’t like them, we’ve found classic military vehicles to be a good risk,” says Craig Darwin, Clubs Manager at Flux. “No one is likely to steal one, they usually don’t go too fast and they rarely do more than a few hundred miles per year.