Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, and the Wisconsin National Guard held a ceremony at the Oshkosh Armory on January 19th to commemorate the fielding of the first Oshkosh-produced Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck.The Wisconsin National Guard’s 1157th Transportation Company received the first vehicle, a 5-ton standard cargo truck variant.
“It’s a special honor to field our first FMTV truck with the men and women of our home state’s and hometown National Guard,” said Mike Ivy, Vice President and General Manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The 1157th has a proud tradition of service both in the U.S. and in operational theaters, and relies heavily on the FMTV to accomplish its missions. Oshkosh Defense is extremely pleased to do our part in supporting the 1157th and many other active Army, Reserve and National Guard units with Oshkosh-built FMTV vehicles that will be fielded in the coming years.”
The fielding of the first Oshkosh FMTV truck comes less than a year after the FMTV contract award was affirmed to the company. Oshkosh has since expanded its Wisconsin and Michigan facilities, begun full-rate production, and offers the complete spectrum of training and sustainment support for the vehicles.
The U.S. Army and National Guard rely on the FMTV at home and abroad in combat operations, relief efforts and unit resupply missions, among other functions. The Army’s five-year FMTV requirements contract calls for the production of trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training, through calendar year 2014. To date, Oshkosh has received orders for more than 18,000 FMTV trucks and trailers.
The FMTV is a series of 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80%, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army and National Guard.