The US Marine Corps has received Milestone C approval for P-19 Replacement (P-19R) Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle program and has given permission to Oshkosh Defense to start the full rate production of the vehicle.
The $192 million worth contract to Oshkosh Defense was originally awarded in May 2013. The company announced Thursday that since then it has completed all required development testing and evaluation.
Oshkosh Defense will deliver 164 P-19R ARFFs through 2019 under this contract. The P-19R will replace the P-19A fleet, which was first fielded in 1984.
The P-19R delivers high level acceleration with its 600 horsepower engine that allows for speeds up to 70 mph. TAK-4 has been used on more than 20,000 military-class vehicles, and delivers 16 inches of independent wheel travel to provide greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies.
In addition, the TAK-4 system provides the payload capacity needed to carry 1,000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam agent, and 500 lbs of auxiliary firefighting agent. The roof and bumper turrets combined will discharge up to 750 gallons per minute.
The Oshkosh P-19R is equipped with Oshkosh’s Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics system. This fully-automated system provides access to vital vehicle information, and allows Marines to repair and troubleshoot vehicles, view real-time performance data and remotely access diagnostics information.
The P-19R is also outfitted with advanced Striker ARFF vehicle firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products LLC.