Oshkosh Defense Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)
Oshkosh Defense Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

Oshkosh Defense Awarded 96 Million Contract for US Army Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $96,744,706 contract for the M983A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 29, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, U.S> Army funds in the amount of $96,744,706 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) is an eight-wheel drive, diesel-powered, 10-short-ton (9,100 kg) military logistics truck. The HEMTT provides transport capabilities for re-supply of combat vehicles and weapons systems. The M977 HEMTT first entered service in 1982 with the United States Army as a replacement for the M520 Goer, and has been used by other militaries as well. By mid-2019, around 35,000 HEMTTs in various configurations had been produced by Oshkosh Defense through new-build contracts and around 13,000 of these had been re-manufactured.

A HEMTT A4 Light Equipment Transporter carries a Hydrema 910 mine clearing vehicle on February 22, 2021, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, as part of Exercise Patriot Sands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Roland)

Built to stand up to the rapidly evolving challenges in the operational environment, the Oshkosh® Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4 brings significant improvements in power, maintenance and safety to the battlefield. Its 500 horsepower Caterpillar® C15 engine offers greater horsepower than its predecessor, so it can traverse the most challenging environments easier and more efficiently. The HEMTT A4 performs while it protects with integrated under cab protection and Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) B-kit attachments.

Current variants have the A4 suffix. There are five basic configurations of the HEMTT series trucks: M977 cargo truck with Material Handling Crane (MHC), M978 2500 gallon fuel tanker, M984 wrecker, M983 tractor and M985 cargo truck with MHC. A self-recovery winch is also available on certain models. The HEMTT’s objective is to provide heavy transport capabilities for supply and re-supply of combat vehicles and weapons systems. Compared to earlier generation 5-ton trucks in U.S. Army service it offers increased payload and mobility.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, of the 639th Transportation Company, 497th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, from Bedford, Va., set up M9847-A4 HEMTT trucks for safety inspection during Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-16-03 at Fort McCoy, Wis.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Driver/Released)