4 JUNE 2017 MILITARY & AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS www.militaryaerospace.com
Army and Oshkosh to revitalize heavy battlefield truck fleet
BY JOHN KELLER
WARREN, Mich. – U.S. Army logistics authorities are continuing their effort to revitalize the Army’s fleet of
heavy battlefield trucks with orders collectively worth
$170.5 million to Oshkosh Defense LLC in Oshkosh,
Wis., to rebuild 423 heavy battlefield trucks, as well as
vetronics, trailers, and related heavy transport equipment to like-new condition.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command in
Warren, Mich., are asking Oshkosh to rebuild different
models of the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck
(HEMTT), as well as provide rebuilt palletized load system trailers and self-recovery winches.
Oshkosh will recapitalize, or “recap” these heavy
trucks and related equipment, which means to rebuild
the vehicles to like-new condition for upgrading and
extending the service life of these military trucks and
transport equipment. Last month, Oshkosh won contracts collectively worth $259.6 million to recapitalize
454 heavy battlefield trucks and related equipment.
The recap process is to extend a vehicle’s service
life, reduce its operating and support costs, enhance its
capabilities, and improve its system reliability, main-tainability, safety, and efficiency.
The Oshkosh HEMTT is an eight-wheel-drive, die-sel-powered, 10-short-ton tactical truck that’s been in
the Army inventory since 1982. The HEMTT is designed
to provide heavy transport capabilities for supply and
re-supply of combat vehicles and weapons systems on
The large battlefield truck has a militarized commercial engine and transmission, and has an optional centrally mounted self-recovery winch. Its two-person cab
is armored to protect the occupants from small-arms
fire and shrapnel.
The HEMTT truck models involved in these orders
are the M1074A1 and M1075A1 palletized load systems (PLS); M985A4 HEMTT trucks; M985E1A4 guided
missile transporters; and M984A4 and M983A4 recovery vehicle wreckers. The contract also is for 42 new
M1076A0 PLS trailers and 61 M984A4 self-recovery
The Army’s heavy truck recapitalization orders to
Oshkosh in April involved the M1977 HEMTT common
bridge transporter; M984 wrecker; M978 water and fuel
tanker; M985 cargo truck; M983 tractor unit; and PLS.
The Oshkosh PLS cargo truck and trailer secures as
many as 10 supply pallets with a total load capacity of
16. 5 tons. The vehicle has a hydraulic arm and cargo
hook for loading and unloading. The M985A4 HEMTT
truck is designed to support the Multiple Launch
Rocket System (MLRS) and Patriot missile.
The Oshkosh M985E1A4 guided missile transporter
is for the delivery, recovery, and loading of guided
missiles. It removes spent missile canisters from the
launcher and replaces them with fresh missiles. The
M984A4 and M983A4 recovery vehicle wreckers are
designed to recover vehicles bigger than 10 tons, even
those mired in mud, sand, water, or snow.
Oshkosh will do the work in Oshkosh, Wis., and
should be finished by January 2019. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Oshkosh Defense online
https://oshkoshdefense.com, and the Army Contracting
The U.S. Army is asking Oshkosh Defense to rebuild the nation’s
HEMTT heavy battlefield truck fleet to like-new condition.