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27 May 10. Oshkosh Defense has shipped its first Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) trucks and trailers to the U.S. Army. The vehicles left the company’s Oshkosh, Wis. campus yesterday – ahead of schedule.
“These Oshkosh vehicles represent a major milestone for the FMTV program, and exemplify our history of meeting commitments to the U.S. Army,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager, Army Programs, Oshkosh Defense. “We’ve leveraged our proven manufacturing expertise and a substantial pre-award program investment to ensure that all of our customer’s requirements and original schedules are met. We look forward to delivering these mission-critical vehicles to our country’s Warfighters.”
Two FMTV variants and trailers for both vehicles are being delivered. The
Oshkosh FMTVs feature the Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS)-compliant cab
solution. “We are pleased to do all we can to advance the safety and protection of our Warfighters,” added Ivy.
02 Jun 10. The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a contract to Calian Technologies to provide maintenance services at Canadian Army bases across the country. Under the $15m contract, Calian will carry out the full range of maintenance services on Class B vehicles at five army bases in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Calian will deploy military vehicle technicians to deliver the various vehicle and trailer maintenance services at these five main army bases. Vehicle maintenance services include all mandated modifications and inspections as well as preservation of equipment across the army.
The contract has an initial base period for two years and one optional year, which if exercised could bring the value of the contract to $24m.
Maintenance work is expected to begin in August. (Source: armytechnology.com)
01 Jun 10. The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today announced that the Government has given second pass approval for the upgrade of the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) under project LAND 112 Phase 4 – ASLAV Enhancement. The ASLAV has been deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations since 2004, and is now in use in Afghanistan. The ASLAV provides our forces in Afghanistan with mobility, firepower and protection, enabling our troops to conduct search and escort operations and provide support to close combat operations.
Senator Faulkner said: “These enhancements, which have a total project cost of $302.8m, will result in our ASLAV fleet being up-armoured to provide greater protection to cater for difficult and dangerous environments such as those in Afghanistan. The upgrade will ensure the ASLAV fleet provides the highest possible combat protection and capability in the future.”
The enhancements will provide increased protection against a wider range of threats – including Improvised Explosive Devices – by improving ballistic, fragmentation and blast protection. The project will also see improvements to the vehicle’s suspension, driveline and engine, ensuring the ASLAV remains a highly capable and versatile light armoured vehicle for the duration of its service with the ADF. The project pl