Oshkosh Defense Highlights C4 and Systems Integration Capabilities in the Mideast at GDA 2013

Oshkosh Integrated Product Support offerings also on display

OSHKOSH, Wis.--()--Mideast military forces are ramping up investments in command, control, communications and computer (C4) equipment and systems to increase situational awareness and achieve greater collaboration in the face of proliferating threats, which range from sophisticated electronic warfare to unpredictable asymmetric tactics. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has expanded capabilities in C4 equipment and systems integration for its vehicles to meet these evolving operational needs. Oshkosh will highlight these capabilities this week at the Gulf Defense and Aerospace 2013 Exhibition and Conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Oshkosh Defense simultaneously addresses the vehicle design and technology integration aspects through a streamlined C4 integration approach. This “first-pass” approach delivers an optimized vehicle that brings the network to the mission. When carried out by a third-party integrator, the C4 integration process often includes disassembling the vehicle, integrating the equipment via a trial-and-error approach, and reassembly. This introduces unnecessary risk, cost and delay to vehicle development and delivery. Oshkosh’s holistic approach and complete assembly line integration avoids these issues.

“Connection to the network is only becoming more critical for mission success,” said John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Oshkosh’s unique C4 integration process improves the ability of forces in the field to reliably share information. We are committed to using our expertise in design and integration to offer the best value to our global customers.”

A full range of C4 equipment, weapons and other systems are designed into the base vehicle, conforming to specific customer requirements and needs, and reducing the potential interference between systems and resulting in a more ergonomic vehicle.

Concurrent vehicle design and integration can also accelerate vehicle fielding. Oshkosh responded to the urgent need for MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) in 2009 by delivering the vehicles pre-wired for C4 equipment. This enabled the U.S. military to more quickly integrate and field Oshkosh-produced M-ATVs, reaching a rate of more than 1,000 vehicles per month during peak production.

The company also will be demonstrating its full range of vehicle life-cycle sustainment and support services at the show. Oshkosh executives will be on hand to discuss the company’s streamlined integration process and vehicle life-cycle management capabilities at booth #1527.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.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®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline, 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, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

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Jennifer Ma, Sr. Manager, Global Marketing Communications, 920-233-9606
jma@defense.oshkoshcorp.com

A fully integrated Oshkosh Defense M-ATV can connect forces to the network and deliver greater value to the military customer. (Photo: Business Wire)

A fully integrated Oshkosh Defense M-ATV can connect forces to the network and deliver greater value to the military customer. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Oshkosh Defense
Jennifer Ma, Sr. Manager, Global Marketing Communications, 920-233-9606
jma@defense.oshkoshcorp.com