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Oshkosh Airport Products Introduces Innovative Airport Snow Plow and Blower Combination

OSHKOSH, WIS. (September 13, 2011) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), today unveiled its newest innovation, the high performance H-Series™ Extreme Runway System (XRS), at the Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies (SWIFT) Conference in Montreal, Quebec.  An addition to its industry leading line of airport snow removal products, the H-Series XRS multi-tasking equipment (MTE) features a 20-foot wide front-mount blower attachment that simultaneously plows, collects and blows a wide swath of snow to its final destination, all in one pass.   

“The innovative H-Series XRS is an exciting and revolutionary multi-tasking product to meet the needs of today’s airports to move snow, more quickly and efficiently,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products vice president and general manager. “With its patented process to move and handle snow, we are able improve performance while simplifying the entire airfield snow removal operation.”

Under development for more than 15 months, Oshkosh Airport Products joined with Team Eagle Ltd. to engineer and create a prototype plow and blower combination that was initially tested over the winter of 2010/11. The unit is built on an Oshkosh H-Series vehicle featuring a 500 hp drive engine while the front mounted plow and blower combination is driven by a dedicated 700 hp auxiliary engine.  In addition, the vehicle is capable of integrating a tow behind sweeper and air blower for even greater performance and versatility. 

Oshkosh has developed a pro forma computation tool that allows an airport to input its own snow plan scenarios (snow depth, snow density, operating speed, etc.) and compare the impact of using the H-Series XRS in place of its current fleet and/or other available options. Airport executives can contact their Oshkosh dealer or representative for a personalized presentation. 

“A conga line of H-Series XRS machines is an elegant and efficient use of horsepower and resources,” said Steve McKeown, Team Eagle Ltd. president. “When used in tough storm scenarios together with a tow behind sweeper unit, the XRS requires three instead of four engines to plow, blow and sweep – and half the operators. That translates to a very strong return on investment.” 

The H-Series XRS will be appearing at a number of testing and demonstration events throughout the winter of 2011/12. Visit www.oshkoshairport.com for details and to see video of the product in action. 

Photo caption: The Oshkosh H-Series Extreme Runway System (XRS) multi-tasking equipment (MTE) by Oshkosh Airport Products. 

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) vehicle is on duty at some of the largest airports in the world, including Anchorage International, Chicago O’Hare International, Las Vegas International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dubai World Central, Beijing Capital International and Phoenix International. 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®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline, SMIT, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com. 

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies. 

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