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31 May 13. The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Oshkosh Defense to deliver its new fleet of P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. The Oshkosh P-19R will be the Marines’ first-response vehicle in aircraft fire emergencies at military bases and expeditionary airfields. This next-generation vehicle will provide more advanced on-road and off-road firefighting capabilities to Marines and replace their current fleet of Oshkosh P-19 ARFF vehicles as the vehicles reach the end of their service lives. The Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform – which is currently supporting the Marine Corps’ off-road, heavy-payload missions across the globe – and the technologically advanced Striker® firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products. The Oshkosh P-19R uses the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system to deliver exceptional mobility for off-runway response situations, and the Command Zone™ integrated diagnostics and automation system to increase the crew’s situational awareness and help them carry out firefighting missions. The Oshkosh Airport Products Group is the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, with vehicles in operation at more than 70 countries around the world. Oshkosh began manufacturing the MB-5 ARFF vehicle for the U.S. Navy in the 1960s as well as the military’s P-19 in the 1980s. Today, the Oshkosh Striker ARFF vehicle is used by the U.S. military and at airports around the world. Oshkosh developed its Striker ARFF models with input and feedback from firefighters to provide the wide range of safety, reliability and performance capabilities they need. Oshkosh Defense’s Integrated Product Support capabilities already are in place to deliver organic life-cycle sustainment support, including training, part supply and in-theater support. Additionally, the Oshkosh P-19R features commonality with other fielded Oshkosh vehicles to reduce sustainment costs, minimize provisioning and inventory requirements, and increase training efficiencies. The P-19R ARFF vehicles, support and sustainment contract was awarded to Oshkosh Defense by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. The total estimated contract value is $192m. Work will be performed by Oshkosh beginning in June 2013 and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
04 Jun 13. DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced that it received a $25m contract from the U.S. Air Force for the design, development and delivery of two Transporter Erector Replacement Vehicles to support the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Minuteman III fleet. If all options are exercised by the Air Force, the total program value for up to 26 mobile vehicles under this contract could reach over $92m. The Transporter Erector is a vehicle used for transporting, positioning and removing the Minuteman III booster at launch facilities at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; Hill AFB, Utah; and Vandenberg AFB, California. The current Transporter Erector used by the Air Force was fielded in 1988. The Air Force Global Strike Command, overseeing this replacement, requires a modern and forward-looking system that will sustain booster handling operations through 2030. Under the Air Force Transporter Erector Replacement Program, DRS Environmental Systems in Cincinnati, Ohio, will redesign and build new transport vehicles that will fully modernize the operational system. The design and development of the first two Transporter Erectors to be used in system qualification are due to be completed in