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Japan Ministry of Defense Advances Towards Carbon Neutrality with the Acquisition of an Oshkosh Striker Volterra Electric ARFF Vehicle

Striker Volterra 6x6 electric ARFF vehicle

Purchase of Oshkosh Striker® Volterra™ Electric ARFF vehicle propels Japan's Ministry of Defense and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force into a new era of eco-friendly emergency response.

APPLETON, WIS. (December 20, 2023) Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), announced the pivotal sale of a Striker® Volterra™ 6x6 electric aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle to the Japan Ministry of Defense. The electric ARFF vehicle is built to meet the unique firefighting standards of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). This marks a significant step towards carbon neutrality in Japan's defense sector by integrating innovative, environmentally conscious technologies that align with the country’s energy transition strategy.

The JASDF embarked on a transformative journey by selecting the Striker Volterra electric ARFF vehicle as part of a trial to evaluate the reduction of carbon emissions in their operations. 

This purchase is part of the Japan government’s broader goal to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent and the Japan Ministry of Defense’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2013 levels by 2030, in pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050. The Ministry of Defense is poised to adapt to the impacts of climate change with a forward-looking approach that encompasses a broad view of both direct and indirect implications. The Striker Volterra electric ARFF vehicle, known for its eco-friendly operations without compromising on performance, is expected to significantly contribute to this vision.

"We are proud to support the Japan Ministry of Defense with their ambitious carbon neutrality goals,” said Salim Hawi, Vice President of International Sales, Oshkosh Airport Products. “Our commitment is to deliver not just a best-in-class product but unparalleled support throughout the vehicle's lifecycle." 

The Striker Volterra 6x6 comes equipped with an Oshkosh patented electric drivetrain featuring an electro-mechanical infinitely variable transmission. This enables zero-emissions to support all daily driving through the integrated onboard batteries. In addition to its environmental benefits, the vehicle is equipped with a high-capacity water and foam tank, a high-flow roof turret, and a dry chemical powder system exceeding ICAO and NFPA requirements.

Other advanced technologies and design elements include a modular cab design and TAK-4® all-wheel independent suspension. The vehicle will be built to deliver outstanding performance in emergency response situations, equipped with an 10,500-liter (2,774-gallon) water tank, an 800-liter (211-gallon) foam tank, and a 7,570 lpm (2,000 gpm) water pump. Additionally, it will be equipped with a 330 kg (728 lb.) dry chemical powder system.

Hawi added, “As the JASDF evaluates the performance and emission reductions offered by the Striker Volterra, we are confident the Striker Volterra electric ARFF vehicle will exceed expectations, setting a precedent for future investments in electric vehicle technology. Our team remains committed to innovation and is honored to be selected by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force as it leads the transition towards sustainable defense operations.”

To learn more about Oshkosh Airport Products and the Striker Volterra electric ARFF vehicle, visit

Topics: Striker, ARFF Sales, Volterra

About Oshkosh Airport Products

Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 17,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common purpose: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Hinowa, Power Towers, Pierce®, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™ Communications, Oshkosh® Airport Products, Oshkosh AeroTech™ and Pratt Miller. For more information, visit

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