UAE orders 750 M-ATVs

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The Oshkosh M-ATV is used for supporting ground operations – from urban security patrols to combat in harsh desert and mountainous terrain. Photo – Oshkosh Defense

The United Arab Emirates armed forces announced on Thursday it has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Corporation to provide 750 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs).

The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company is scheduled to deliver M-ATVs to the UAE between January and August 2013, pending standard regulatory requirements.

“The Oshkosh M-ATVs will enhance the UAE’s ground operations by providing greater off-road mobility and crew protection to support national security, as well as critical missions related to the security of the Middle East and the broader community of nations,” the company said in a statement.

To statement added the that leading defence manufacturer has received delivery orders for more than 9,500 M-ATVs. However, it did not mention the worth of the order.

“The M-ATV provides the industry’s highest levels of protection and performance,” Serge Buchakjian, senior vice president and general manager of International Programmes, Oshkosh Defense, said in a statement.

“No vehicle has been more effective in supporting ground operations – from urban security patrols to combat in harsh desert and mountainous terrain. As we produce and deliver this exceptional vehicle to the UAE Armed Forces, we are equally committed to providing long-term service and to supporting those who rely on our M-ATVs to achieve their missions,” he added.

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of access equipment, specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the primary markets of defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment and fire & emergency.

Its defence division is a leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, manufacturing a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons.

The Global HET features a powerful 700-horsepower engine and is able to transport a main battle tank, armored vehicles, construction equipment and more, reducing the wear on equipment and crew fatigue that typically occurs over long distances. The Oshkosh HEMTT A4 variants including the Patriot tractor, wrecker, and guided missile transporter are also part of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missile system.

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