Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army's heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army’s heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that it has been awarded two delivery orders, totaling $235.2 million, from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize vehicles in the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) fleets. The Wisconsin-based company will work onheavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, or HEMTT, and palletized load system, or PLS, trucks.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.


The recapitalization process upgrades vehicles to the latest configuration and quickly returns them to operation with the same high performance and life cycle cost advantage of a new vehicle. The recapitalization process involves stripping a vehicle to the frame rails and rebuilding it to the newest configurations, returning to the fleet a refurbished vehicle with the same technology, safety features and life cycle cost of a brand new one. Through recapitalization, vehicles come off the line in zero-mile, zero-hour condition.

Under the contract, Oshkosh will recapitalize 410 vehicles as well as manufacture 680 new PLS trailers. Deliveries of the units will begin in Fiscal Year 2019. In total, Oshkosh has recapitalized over 13,000 HEMTT and 3,000 PLS since 1995. Since 1995, Oshkosh has been performing recapitalization services on these vehicles. The HEMTTs have been in the Army’s fleet since 1981 and the PLS since 1990.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.


“As the backbone of the U.S. Army’s resupply and distribution system, the HEMTT and PLS vehicles are heavily relied on to carry munitions and other critical supplies across all types of terrains and in all types of environments,” said Pat Williams, vice President and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “As the original equipment manufacturer, we know these vehicles inside and out, and we are in the best position to quickly return them to field operations in like-new condition,” Williams said.

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