Oshkosh Provides Israel with Modified Military Vehicles
Oshkosh Defense is equipping the Israeli military with a modified version of its family of medium tactical vehicles, according to a company executive.
“The Israeli medium truck fleet is a very old truck fleet,” Mike Ivy, senior vice president of international programs and global product support, said in an interview. “The Israelis are seeking to improve their capabilities with the new buy of medium trucks to improve mobility and reliability.”
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 for 589 vehicles with a potential total value of $159 million, according to a news release. 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, Wisconsin.
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 a M1085 long-wheel base cargo truck modified to meet specific Israeli road law requirements, he said.
Modifications included a 20-foot cargo bed, a metric-compliant dashboard, the ability to carry a 20-foot intermodal container and a tracking system.
The tracking system 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, Ivy noted. Additionally, the modified truck includes a mobile driver assist system that provides a notification if the driver begins to swerve outside the vehicle’s lane.