Oshkosh Defense announced 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 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. 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.
“The mark of any good investment is its ability to withstand the test of time,” said Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of Army and Marine Corps programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The longevity of the HEMTT and PLS fleets combined with the durability of the platform attest to the value of these mission critical vehicles.”
In total, Oshkosh has recapitalized over 13,000 HEMTT and 3,000 PLS since 1995.
The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) is an eight-wheel drive, diesel-powered, 10-short-ton (9,100 kg), tactical truck used by the US military and others.
In evolving configurations it has been in continuous production since 1982. The M977 HEMTT entered service with the U.S. Army as a replacement for the M520 Goer.
By early 2015 more than 27,000 HEMTTs in various configurations had been produced by Oshkosh Defense through either new-build or re-manufactured. Current variants have the A4 suffix.
The Palletized Load System (PLS) is a truck-based logistics system that entered service in the United States Army in 1993.
PLS performs line haul (long distance), local haul (short distance), unit resupply, and other missions in the tactical environment to support modernized and highly mobile combat units.
It provides rapid movement of combat configured loads of ammunition and all classes of supply, shelters and containers. It mirrors similar systems in use with the British (Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS)) and other armed forces.
The 10×10 Oshkosh Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) is the U.S. Marines’ equivalent of the U.S. Army’s Oshkosh 8×8 HEMTT and Oshkosh 10×10 Palletized Load System (PLS). The Marines do not use the HEMTT or PLS, and the Army does not use the LVSR, but both services use a common trailer (M1076) with all three truck types.