U.S. Marines are responsible for responding to fire and emergency situations on military bases and airfields around the world as part of their mission. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is meeting a critical equipment requirement with the new Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle, which will be showcased for the first time at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Va., Sept. 25-27.
The U.S. Marine Corps awarded the P-19R contract to Oshkosh Defense in May. Oshkosh is completing internal testing and is on schedule to deliver three prototypes to the Marine Corps in the coming months for rigorous testing, which will take place next year.
“Firefighting and emergency missions on military bases and airfields are critical to the overall success of Marine Corps operations,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “We designed our P-19R ARFF vehicle to protect Marines in these dangerous situations, and we’re proud to showcase the P-19R’s capabilities for the first time at Modern Day Marine.”
The next-generation Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform including the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system to deliver more advanced on-road and off-road firefighting capabilities to the Marine Corps. The vehicle’s Command Zone™ integrated diagnostics and automation system helps the crew carry out firefighting missions with increased situational awareness. Oshkosh Defense leveraged the expertise of the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with the advanced Striker® firefighting systems.
Oshkosh Defense has supported the Marines’ P-19 ARFF fleet for more than 30 years, and the P-19R will replace their current fleet of P-19 vehicles as the vehicles reach the end of their service lives.
Source: Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)
Date: Sep 24, 2013