OSHKOSH, WIS. (September 3, 2009) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), today announced an order from the U.S. Air Force, through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), for eight Striker® 3000 and seven Striker 1500 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. Additionally, the U. S. Air Force ordered 21 Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow blower vehicles. The 36 trucks will be deployed at U.S. Air Force bases throughout North America and across the globe beginning in January 2010. The total value of the orders is $19.7 million.
“We are proud to provide the U. S. Air Force with these technologically advanced, easy-to-operate and highly reliable Oshkosh snow removal trucks and Oshkosh ARFF vehicles to meet their emergency response needs,” said Tim Raupp, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products Group president. “We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding vehicles, training and support to airports of all types. These noteworthy orders from the U.S. Air Force are a testament to our quality products and the people who stand behind them.” The Oshkosh Striker offers an all-wheel-drive axle configuration and proprietary technologies such as TAK-4® independent suspension for enhanced maneuverability and reliability.
The Oshkosh Striker is among the most popular ARFF vehicles in the world. Its flexible design has garnered the vehicle overwhelming respect among a growing list of users, including Chicago O’Hare and Midway International, Dubai International, Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International, Jose Maria Cordova International in Colombia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Beijing Capital International.
The Oshkosh high-speed blower features a 470 hp chassis engine and a 700 hp dedicated blower engine that can throw as much as 5,000 tons (4,534 metric tons) of snow per hour. The blower’s unique hydrostatic-drive ribbon is driven independently from the impeller, allowing it to more effectively handle variable snow conditions. Other notable features found on the Oshkosh H-Series chassis include: all-wheel drive and proprietary ALL STEER® electronic all-wheel steering for unmatched maneuverability; safety interlocks with an emergency stop feature for attachments; Command Zone™ electronic LCD dash pod for at-a-glance operator information; a large, sound insulated cab with two full-sized seats to accommodate a supervisor / training officer; and a panoramic view, large windshield with no corner posts.
About Oshkosh Airport Products
The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit www.oshkoshairport.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI™, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON- E-CO®, London® and IMT®. The Oshkosh brands are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long- term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.
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