Oshkosh Defense LLC is equipping the Israeli military with a modified version of its 8-tonne 6×6 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).
The platforms are being provided through a series of contracts. The most recent was an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which was awarded in October 2019 for 589 vehicles with a potential total value of $159 million. Deliveries are slated to start in July 2020 and the estimated completion date is October 2024, with an initial delivery order valued at $25 million for 91 vehicles. The systems will be built in Oshkosh Defense.
The company also received orders for 64 modified vehicles in June 2018 and 100 modified vehicles in May 2017. Platforms from those two contract awards were slated to be delivered by the end of November, Ivy noted. The company is providing the FMTV 8-Tonne vehicle, which is an M1085 long-wheelbase cargo truck modified to meet specific Israeli road law requirements. Modifications included a 20-foot cargo bed, a metric-compliant dashboard, the ability to carry a 20-foot intermodal container and a tracking system that was added because it is required by Israeli law and the technology is used to store information on how the truck was used and driven.
The FMTV is a series of vehicles based on a common truck chassis design, outfitted variously for different payloads and mission requirements. There are 17 models and 23 configurations in total, all based on a 2.5-ton 4X4 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, i.e., cargo trucks and vans; or the 5-ton 6X6 Medium Tactical Vehicle, i.e., cargo trucks and long-wheelbase cargo trucks, with or without material handling equipment, tractors, vans, wreckers, and dump trucks. Functioning as tactical and combat vehicles, and used in relief efforts and unit resupply missions, FMTVs are outfitted with crew-protecting armor and advanced technologies that support troop transport and supply, vehicle recovery, and weapon systems transport.
Oshkosh Defense is a business unit of Oshkosh Corporation that began manufacturing the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in 2010, taking over the program from BAE Systems Land and Armaments, though it originated in 1996 and has continued under several manufacturers. In addition to the U.S. Army and National Guard, the FMTV is supplied to defense units of Iraq, Jordan, and Thailand. The Wisconsin-based manufacturer is one of the contractors bidding the U.S. Department of Defense to build the new joint light tactical vehicles, a program intended to replace the Humvee for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.