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02 Mar 17. Czech MoD announces plans to buy about 700 new light vehicles. The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced plans on 28 February to issue a public tender to replace about 700 light 4×4 vehicles in service with the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), starting in 2020.
The MoD is seeking to replace Russian-made UAZ and British Land Rover Defender vehicles that have been in service with the ACR for over 20-30 years, but would also like to select a replacement for 115 Iveco LMV lightly armoured 4×4 vehicles in service with the ACR since 2008.
“We want to be prepared for the replacement process that must begin in 2020 and do not want to find ourselves in a situation where we would be forced to procure something quickly under pressure,” Czech defence minister Martin Stropnicky told media on 28 February while attending a vehicle demonstration event at the ACR’s Vyskov testing facility. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Feb 17. Oshkosh Corporation Celebrates 100 Years of Making a Difference. Oshkosh Corporation, (NYSE:OSK) is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2017. This historic event celebrates 100 years of making a positive difference in people’s lives around the world.
Throughout the 2017 calendar year, several marketing elements will be deployed including a new 100 Year Anniversary logo, videos, social media and web graphics, a special 100 year anniversary website, a new promotional products e-store and much more. Additionally, the Company will host multiple events to highlight this exciting milestone, including ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
“100 years ago, our founders designed two innovations that changed the world. Their patents gave people the confidence to drive places they didn’t think possible; and today – we’re still innovating to make a difference in people’s lives. 2017 marks 100 years strong for us, and we couldn’t be more excited about the future,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief executive officer.
Oshkosh Corporation was founded in 1917 by William Besserdich and B.A. Mosling. Besserdich and Mosling designed two innovations to help improve mobility. The first patent was a transfer case that is responsible for transferring the power from the front axle to the rear. The second patent improved the steering and drive capacity of the front axle.
Since that time, Oshkosh Corporation has grown in size, capabilities and footprint. Products in the Oshkosh Corporation family of brands respond to emergencies, save lives, help others reach new heights and serve the world around us. Today, Oshkosh Corporation has more than 13,000 team members around the world and is truly a different integrated global industrial. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
28 Feb 17. VBTP 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicle. At IDEX Iveco showed the new VBTP, a family of 19,6 tonne 6×6 armoured, amphibious vehicles. Fitted with an Iveco-FPT 9-litre, 281 kW (383 HP) bi-fuel common-rail engine, coupled to an automatic gearbox, it can carry 11 personnel. VBTP is 7.0 metres long, 2.7 metres wide and 2.3 metres in height and can be transported by C-130 Hercules and KC-390 aircrafts. It can be equipped with manned and unmanned turrets carrying armament from 5.56 to 30 mm.
Development of this new family of armoured vehicles started in 2009 as a joint enterprise between Iveco and the Brazilian Army (DCT – Department of Science and Technology). The vehicles are being produced in a purpose built facility in Sete Lagoas (Brazil). The Brazilian Army nomenclature for the VBTP vehicle is “Guarani”. The Guarani is designed to provide the basis for a family of vehicles capable of fulfilling a multitude of roles. The adoption of a modular approach provides numerous advantages, including the development of product varian