Oshkosh Wins MRAP-ATV Initial Contract

Last Updated Jul 1, 2009 5:53 AM EDT

The U.S. Army and Department of Defense awarded Oshokosh Corporation a contract to build the first two thousand or so MRAP-ATV vehicles for use in Afghanistan. This contract is worth over $1 billion dollars to the company.

The MRAP-ATV is a lighter, more maneuverable successor to the many Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles already in use in Iraq and Afghanistan. These were quickly rushed into production over the last five years to provide a means of protection for U.S. troops as they moved on roads against mines and IEDs. The MRAP-ATV will allow greater cross country capability in a country with few roads and harsh terrain.

The MRAP-ATV contract was based on a phased process where companies had received contracts to build prototypes that were tested against each other. There had been some thought that the U.S. military would have ordered vehicles from more than one competitor to increase the availability of the vehicles. It is now reported that maybe Oshkosh will sub to one of the losers to ramp up production faster. The Army certainly still has the ability to award a contract to one of the others whose prototypes competed -- BAE Systems, Navistar and Force Dynamics.

  • Matthew Potter

    Matthew Potter is a resident of Huntsville, Ala., where he works supporting U.S. Army aviation programs. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he began work as a defense contractor in Washington D.C. specializing in program management and budget development and execution. In the last 15 years Matthew has worked for several companies, large and small, involved in all aspects of government contracting and procurement. He holds two degrees in history as well as studying at the Defense Acquisition University. He has written for Seeking Alpha and at his own website, DefenseProcurementNews.com.