Oshkosh to Recapitalize Army Heavy Vehicle Fleet (Multi-Video)

Oshkosh Defense has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize its Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV).

Oshkosh will bring the Army’s fleet of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load Systems (PLS) to its latest model configuration and the same zero-mile, zero-hour condition as new production vehicles.

Overall, the awards are valued at more than $258 million for the recapitalization of 670 vehicles and the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers. All work performed under the contract will be completed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with deliveries beginning in December of 2017.

Pat Williams, Vice President and GM, Defense Programs at Oshkosh Defense
Pat Williams, Vice President and GM, Defense Programs at Oshkosh Defense

“Through recapitalization, heavily operated and utilized vehicles are returned to Oshkosh, stripped to the frame rails and completely rebuilt to like-new condition,” said Patrick Williams, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps programs.

“As the original equipment manufacturer, our recapitalization services offer significant cost savings by returning vintage vehicles to current operational readiness with the same performance and life cycle cost advantages as a new vehicle.”

Recapitalized vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles, and put through the same extensive performance tests and inspection procedures as new vehicles.

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The vehicles also receive the latest technology and safety upgrades and are delivered with a new bumper-to-bumper warranty.

The U.S. Army’s Heavy Vehicle Fleet

The Strongest & Most Maneuverable Vehicles in the World

Heavy lifting is no problem for the U.S. Army’s heavy-metal fleet. Army land vehicles can haul everything from payload trailers to M1 Abrams tanks.

Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

HEMTTs are used to re-supply combat vehicles and weapons systems. These vehicles deploy quickly and can operate wherever the Army needs them, regardless of climate conditions.

(The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) series is a range of eight-wheel drive diesel-powered off-road capable trucks, used by the US military. Courtesy of the Discovery Channel, John Profitt and YouTube)

With a 13-ton payload and multiple variants for a wide range of operations, the HEMTT is the backbone of the Army’s logistics fleet.

Oshkosh’s latest configuration, the HEMTT A4, brings significant improvements in power, maintenance and safety to the battlefield, traversing even the most challenging environments easier and more efficiently.

Palletized Load System (PLS)

What does it take to pick up 20-foot payload trailer filled with battle gear? A Palletized Loading System.

These vehicles load and unload combat-configured pallets from their flat rack cargo beds without the need for forklifts or additional equipment.

The Oshkosh PLS supports the Army’s distribution and resupply system by providing unparalleled performance for loading, unloading and delivering ammunition and other critical supplies needed in battle.


(Learn More about the Oshkosh PLS or Palletized Load System, a logistic supply program, composed of a prime mover truck with integral self-loading and unloading capability, a trailer and demountable cargo beds. Courtesy of Military-Today and YouTube)

The PLS carries a wide range of cargo, and is specially designed to load and unload a variety of flat rack or ISO compatible containers on its own.

The latest configurations of FHTV trucks also include air-conditioned and armor-ready cabs, electrical upgrades, and anti-lock braking to keep soldiers safe.

oshkosh defenseOshkosh Defense 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.