Appleton, Wis. (August 13, 2009) - Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today announced it has received a major order from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for 51 Pierce® pumper rescue vehicles. This non-tactical vehicle award follows the recently completed production of 68 pumper rescue vehicles and 68 mini-pumper vehicles. The total value of all three orders is $27.7 million.
The pumper rescue vehicles will be deployed throughout Afghanistan in support of the Afghanistan National Security Forces. Delivery is schedule to begin in January 2010.
"Pierce is proud to play a vital role in this important TACOM initiative," said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. "We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding performance and value to TACOM, and these recent orders directly reflect the quality of our products and our people."
The Pierce pumper rescue is custom-engineered and built on a Ford F-550 crew cab chassis with an integrated 550-gallon water/foam tank and 500 gallons-per-minute pump. Its firefighting capabilities are maximized with a compressed air foam system (CAFS) to support the quick response requirements in firefighting over the rugged and arid terrain of Afghanistan.
"These rugged vehicles, outfitted with compressed air foam systems and full pump-and-roll capability, are ideally suited to remote locales where an abundant water supply is not available," added Jones. "They are reliable, simple to operate and carry a full complement of tools and equipment."
The vehicles are designed to operate 50 percent of their missions on paved roads, 40 percent on unpaved roads and 10 percent off road. They feature a 4X4 chassis with a two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty suspension components. The rescue pumpers can ford water 16-inches deep and maintain a speed of at least 65 mph on a level highway.
About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus.
To learn more about Pierce visit www.piercemfg.com
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI™, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. The Oshkosh brands are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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