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Oshkosh Defense delivers MSVS SMP bid

Oshkosh Defense Canada, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, formally confirmed its bid on Wednesday for the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project.

It also confirmed its Canadian team for the logistics vehicle fleet replacement program, which includes DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada–Raydan Division.

“Working closely with our Canadian industry partners and a growing network of Canadian suppliers, our Oshkosh MSVS SMP offering provides superior vehicle performance, sustainment across six continents, and ultimately, the best overall value for Canada,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh MSVS SMP family of vehicles is the next generation of the world’s most trusted, battle-proven military platform in the field today. We are proud to present the Government of Canada with our MSVS SMP bid that meets or exceeds all project requirements, and most importantly, provides Canadian Soldiers with the modern logistics vehicles they need to perform their missions.”

In a press release, the company said its “MSVS SMP vehicles and trailers are built to serve a full range of logistics missions from disaster recovery at home to major conflicts abroad. Key vehicle subsystems, including a high-performance drive train, advanced suspension and braking systems, and a state-of-the-art armour protection system, allow the Oshkosh MSVS SMP to achieve a 70 percent off-road mission profile and a 98 percent mission reliability rate – both of which will enable Canada’s ground forces to more safely operate in a vast array of threat levels, climates and terrains.”

As proof of use, which will likely be a critical element in the selection of the vehicle, Oshkosh pointed to its decades of in-theatre experience and “more than one billion real-world operational kilometres accumulated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck platform,” a key vehicle in the U.S. Department of Defense’s fleet and in use with over 20 allies.

The company said that its five-year in-service support commitment would leverage “decades of performance-based contracting and major repair/overhaul programs experience to minimize MSVS SMP life cycle costs while maximizing reliability and readiness rates,” stating that its logistics supportability analysis methodology to manage fleet health had helped reduced fleet lifecycle costs as much as 70 percent.

The Canadian government’s bid solicitation for the MSVS-SMP project was issued in July.

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