Oshkosh Truck Unveils Next Generation Unmanned Defense Vehicle
Following its successful completion of the DARPA Grand Challenge (see December Diesel Progress) Oshkosh Truck Corp. has unveiled an unmanned version of its Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicle at the U.S. Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Component Technology Demonstrations in Yuma, Ariz.
Showcasing the immediate application of the technology for the U.S. Army fleet,
The PLS transportation vehicle is a 10-wheel-drive truck and trailer system, designed to transport containers carrying ammunition and other critical supplies, or large tanks holding fuel or water and has been widely used in front-line supply missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. The original PLS and the PLS unmanned ground vehicle have a 16.5 ton payload capacity and an on-board material handling system that quickly unloads and loads cargo.
"It is Oshkosh Truck's objective to always support the U.S. Army's drive to integrate the most capable and reliable technologies into their fleet. To that end, we're proud to make this next-generation of unmanned technology a reality that could be applied within the near term," said John Stoddart,