The Oshkosh M-ATV is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) armored fighting vehicle specially developed to be uses by the US troops in Afghanistan. According to United States Marine Corps program officer for MRAP, Brigadier General Michael Brogan, the Oshkosh M-ATV was chosen because it had the best survivability and Oshkosh had the best technical and manufacturing capabilities of all the competitors. The first vehicles are expected to be in Afghanistan by October 2009 and all should be delivered by March 2010.

Oshkosh M-ATV
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The Oshkosh M-ATV incorporates rugged, durable, patented components and systems for maximum Warfighter mobility and survivability. Derived from the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) platform, the M-ATV incorporates the proprietary TAK-4® independent suspension system with battle-tested technology. It has the wheel travel, payload capacity, side slope stability, vehicle durability, extreme mobility and necessary Warfighter protection for today’s fight. In today’s most challenging battle zones, the M-ATV is the combat-tested, mobile, survivable, durable solution – the solution to getting Warfighters to the fight and back again.

Oshkosh M-ATV
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Vehicle has a crew of four, plus the gunner. It offers payload capacity of 1 800 kg. The Oshkosh M-ATV can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with heavy machine gun or automatic grenade launcher.

The M-ATV is powered by a Caterpillar C7 engine that develops a total of 370 hp and comes with a full-time all-wheel drive. The engine is mated to an Allison 3500 SP transmission and an Transfer Case Marmon Herrington. It can hit a top speed of 105 km/h (65 mph).

The Oshkosh M-ATV is airportable by C-130, CH-53, CH-47.

Technical specifications

  • MTVR-based chassis with TAK-4® independent suspension
  • Rugged and reliable powertrain
  • Mature, effective, battle-tested armor configuration from Plasan North America
  • Outstanding MANPRINT balanced system design
  • Proven, durable, best-in-class mobility for rugged terrain and 70% off-road duty
  • Agility to traverse mountainous terrain with ease
  • Consistent, survivable crew protection available in the high volumes needed
  • Minimizes operator and maintenance training; maximizes crew effectivenes
  • Engine: Caterpillar C7, 370 hp
  • Transmission: Allison 3500 SP
  • Transfer Case: Marmon Herrington
  • Axles: Oshkosh® MTVR
  • Suspension: TAK-4® independent
  • Suspension (Durability) Profile: 70% off-road/30% on-road
  • Seating Capacity: 4 passengers + 1 gunner
  • Vehicle Curb Weight: < 25,000 lbs. (11340 kg)
  • Payload Capacity: 4,000 lbs. (1814 kg)
  • Central Tire Inflation (CTI): 2 channel
  • 4 terrain settings with integrated driveline lock control system
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  (534) posted on 03.23.2010

I guess the wheel base is way different from HUMVEE. Is this the HUMVEE’s replacement?

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