Oshkosh Awarded Marine MRAP Contract
Oshkosh Truck Corp. has been awarded a contract by the Marine Corps Systems Command to provide four test vehicles in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. Under the contract, Oshkosh will provide two Category I and two Category II vehicles, which will undergo testing at the government's Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford, Md. Oshkosh Truck was one of several companies awarded a contract to provide vehicles for testing under the MRAP initiative.
A Category I vehicle is the smaller of the two vehicles contracted, intended for urban operations and referred to as the Mine Resistant Utility Vehicle (MRUV). The Category II vehicle has a larger platform and is designated as the Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV) which is designed to carry up to 10 passengers on multiple types of missions.
Following testing, the Marine Corps program office can place orders on the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for up to 1500 of the Category I vehicles, and 2600 of the Category II vehicles. The MRAP program is a joint acquisition taking place under Rapid Deployment Capability authority, intended to field protected vehicles to forces in theater in large quantities as rapidly as possible.