Oshkosh Defense Finalizes Airdrop Tests for FMTV A2 US Cargo Vehicle

Oshkosh Defense Finalizes Airdrop Tests for FMTV A2 US Cargo Vehicle

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command, through the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD), has completed the final airdrop evaluation for the Oshkosh Defense FMTV A2 Cargo 6×6 Low-Velocity Airdrop (LVAD) at Fort Liberty in North Carolina on April 22, 2024. This event marks a milestone in the FMTV A2 LVAD program, confirming the vehicle’s readiness for airdrop operations and subsequent missions.

The series of airdrop tests aimed to validate the design and performance of the Cargo 6×6 LVAD variant, addressing the need for modernization within the medium-sized LVAD fleet. The tests highlighted the vehicle’s ability to withstand the challenges of aerial deployment and subsequent ground operations, ensuring its effectiveness in demanding environments.

Pat Williams, program director at Oshkosh Defense, expressed satisfaction with the results, emphasizing the company’s commitment to meeting the evolving requirements of the U.S. Army. The success of these tests marks a significant step in the partnership between Oshkosh Defense and the army, underscoring their joint commitment to providing essential tactical solutions for the mission.

The FMTV A2 Cargo 6×6 LVAD is a robust tactical vehicle designed to meet the logistical and transport needs of the U.S. Army. Developed as part of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) program, this truck is the result of decades of innovation and continuous improvements by various manufacturers.

The FMTV A2 Cargo 6×6 LVAD represents an enhanced version that offers increased transport capacity and adaptability to various missions, including troop transport, material delivery, and logistical support operations. Its 6×6 design provides superior terrain-crossing capability.

It is equipped with a 7.2-liter Caterpillar C7 diesel engine. The vehicle also features a 7-speed Allison automatic transmission, which includes an integrated transfer case for better torque and traction management. The suspension system, consisting of parabolic leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers, is designed to provide maximum comfort even on very rough terrain.

The armor of the FMTV A2 meets the standards of the U.S. Army’s Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS), thus ensuring increased protection for the crew against ballistic threats and improvised explosive devices. The payload capacity of this model is a major asset, allowing for the transport of significant volumes of material and supplies.

In addition to the Cargo 6×6 LVAD, Oshkosh Defense has developed two other variants, the Cargo 4×4 and the Dump Truck 6×6, each designed to meet specific operational needs within the airborne community. Ongoing testing and development efforts aim to ensure the relevance and reliability of these vehicles for various mission scenarios.

While the completion of the airdrop tests for the FMTV A2 LVAD marks an advance, Oshkosh Corporation recognizes the importance of ongoing diligence and adherence to rigorous standards. The company remains committed to addressing future challenges and opportunities to support its mission of advancing global security and prosperity.

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