Oshkosh Defense has won a $54 million contract from the US Marine Corps Command to modernize the fleet of Extendable Boom Forklifts (EBFL).
The company announced Friday that the deliveries will begin in 2016.
Oshkosh was awarded the EBFL contract in September 2014.Since that time, Oshkosh has successfully completed all required government development testing and evaluation and readiness reviews required to move the program into production.
In addition to installing enhancements to the EBFL systems under this contract, Oshkosh will provide armored cabs, initial fielding spare parts kits and training classes for Marines focusing on the modernized changes to the EBFL.
“The Oshkosh modernized EBFL delivers the protection, loading functionality and sustainment that the Marine Corps needs to optimize their expeditionary forklift fleet,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (Retired), John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs at Oshkosh Defense.
As the original equipment manufacturer of the EBFL, Oshkosh is qualified to provide several design augmentations without sacrificing the cost or useful life of the vehicle.
The EBFL Modernization contract awarded in September 2014 to Oshkosh is a maximum $99 million worth contract. All work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is expected to be completed by September 2019.