USMC Enters Production Phase of Oshkosh P-19R Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Contract

Oshkosh Defense , LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today will begin the Production and Deployment Phase of the P-19 Replacement (P-19R) Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle program for the U.S. Marine Corps. Oshkosh was awarded the P-19R contract in May 2013 and has since successfully completed all required government development testing and evaluation and readiness reviews required to move the program through Milestone C approval and into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).

Oshkosh was awarded a delivery order under the P-19R contract to supply the first LRIP vehicles to support Production Verification Testing (PVT). Oshkosh will begin P-19R production this month with vehicles slated for delivery to PVT beginning in November 2015.

The P-19R contract awarded to Oshkosh extends through 2018 with the purpose of replacing the P-19A fleet, which was first fielded in 1984 and is reaching the end of its service life. The next-generation P-19R will give Marines greater off-road capability, speed and transportability for a full range of firefighting missions.

“The Oshkosh P-19R is backed by our company’s unique combination of industry leading off-road military vehicle and ARFF expertise, providing Marines with the latest innovative technology whether they’re at a military base or an expeditionary airfield,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Consistent with our strong track record of delivering programs on-schedule and on-budget, we’re proud to deliver the new P-19R capabilities and safety that Marines need for future fire-emergency missions.”

The P-19R vehicle is the reliable, state-of-the-art solution built to help firefighting crews effectively respond and carry out the mission. The P-19R delivers unprecedented levels of performance and acceleration with its 600 horsepower engine that allows for speeds up to 70 mph. It is crucial that Marines have the ability to respond quickly to missions regardless of off-road or on-road environments.

The Oshkosh ® P-19R achieves “gold standard” performance in off-road environments with the Oshkosh’s TAK-4 ® independent suspension system. This technology has been used on more than 20,000 military-class vehicles, and delivers 16 inches of independent wheel travel to provide greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies. In addition, the TAK-4 system provides the payload capacity needed to carry 1,000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam agent, and 500 lbs of Halotron auxiliary firefighting agent. The roof and bumper turrets combined, will discharge up to 750 gallons per minute.

In addition to TAK-4, the Oshkosh P-19R is equipped with Oshkosh’s Command Zone™, an integrated control and diagnostics system. This fully-automated system provides access to vital vehicle information, and allows Marines to repair and troubleshoot vehicles, view real-time performance data and remotely access diagnostics information. The P-19R is also outfitted with advanced Striker ® firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer.

Source: Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)
Date: Apr 13, 2015