23 Oktober 2009The SandCat is a lightweight and versatile protected vehicle that features a durable modular armour system. (photo : Oshkosh)
As we had anticipated, Oshkosh Defense has submitted its MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and SandCat vehicles as part of two proposals with Plasan SASA, Ltd., and JLG Australia for the Land 121 Phase 4 Protected Mobility Vehicles-Light (PMV-L) requirement.
The M-ATV, which Oshkosh produces for the US Armed Forces, is a well-protected and highly mobile combat vehicle.
The Oshkosh independent suspension system provides a 70 per cent off-road mission profile capability on unimproved roads and rugged off-road terrain.
The SandCat is a lightweight and versatile protected vehicle that features a durable modular armour system, which can be configured to meet a mission's threat level and payload requirements.
Oshkosh submitted the SandCat's Transport variant for the program.
"Our M-ATV and SandCat offerings provide two separate but equally viable high-quality options for the Australian Defence Force," Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense, said.
"We have a successful history of working with Plasan to integrate state-of-the-art armour on our mission-proven vehicles.
"The manufacturing capabilities that our sister company JLG brings to the proposals will benefit the customer with in-country vehicle assembly and aftermarket service and support."
JLG Australia is a producer of mobile aerial work platforms.
With confirmed bids by Thales with the Hawkei, GD Land Systems with a variant of the Eagle, and now Oshkosh, we suspect the other two PMV-L proposals are from BAE Systems/Navistar and the UK Creation team.