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Oshkosh Defense Technologies at AUSA 2023

FMTV A2 Low-Velocity Airdrop or LVAD [© Oshkosh Defense]

Oshkosh Defense is exhibiting next-gen technologies at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) 2023 exposition in Washington DC.

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Press Release, Oshkosh WI, 09 October 2023: Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is exhibiting at Association of United States Army (AUSA) 2023 exposition in Washington, DC from October 8 – 10, 2023. On display is the highly versatile Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) and the newly modernised FMTV A2 Low-Velocity Airdrop (LVAD).

Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV): The industry-leading team of Oshkosh Defense, Pratt Miller Defense, and QinetiQ recently announced their selection in the Platform Prototype Design and Build phase of the RCV programme.

At AUSA 2023, the Oshkosh RCV is equipped with the Kongsberg CROWS-J RS6 LW 30 Remote Weapon Station and CACI counter-unmanned aircraft technologies (C-UAS) system, to showcase the platform’s versatility and capabilities to support advanced weapon systems through scalable, mission-focused modularity.

Oshkosh Defense will deliver two platform prototypes for testing in August 2024. The Army has announced the intent to select one vendor for Phase II, Full-System Prototype Design and Build, in FY24.

FMTV A2 Low-Velocity Airdrop (LVAD): As the premier manufacturer of medium tactical vehicles, Oshkosh Defense leverages the modernised FMTV A2 to address challenges related to an ageing FMTV LVAD fleet. The FMTV A2 LVAD offers the performance and protection of the FMTV A2 with critical additions including a folding cab that allows the vehicle height to be reduced to 90”, a chassis designed specifically for parachute drop and landing, and the addition of a winch to all LVAD variants.

To date, Oshkosh Defense has delivered two FMTV A2 LVAD prototypes to the US Army for testing, with two additional prototype deliveries planned for late 2023. Since testing began, the prototypes have successfully completed Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS), RIGEX (Rigging Exercises), Roller Loading, and Simulated Airdrop Impact Testing (SAIT). Additional testing is planned into FY24.

“The RCV and FMTV A2 LVAD on display demonstrate Oshkosh Defense’s commitment to working with the US Army to provide next-generation technologies and expertise necessary to meet the ever-changing demands of the battlefield,” said Pat Williams, chief programmes officer for Oshkosh Defense. “As a technology-focused tactical wheel and combat vehicle manufacturer, Oshkosh pushes the boundaries of innovation to design solutions that are purpose-built to exceed requirements and support the Army in its modernisation strategy.”

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