Oshkosh Defense is demonstrating its C4 and systems integration capabilities to connect soldiers to the network on its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2013 Exposition.
Unlike a third-party aftermarket integration approach, which requires vehicle disassembly and a trial-and-error design approach, C4 equipment and a full range of weapons and other systems is integrated in the initial vehicle design process to reduce potential system conflicts or interference.
“Oshkosh’s ‘first pass’ systems integration approach optimizes the overall vehicle and C4 package design to deliver a fully integrated solution that puts the network at the soldiers’ fingertips to support their missions,” said John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “This integrated approach, which we utilized for our JLTV EMD vehicles, offers greater value for our military customer, a more ergonomic design for the soldier and enables rapid fielding of vehicles with integrated C4ISR suites.”
For its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) solution, Oshkosh Defense developed multiple JLTV mission package configurations. The 22 JLTV prototypes that Oshkosh delivered to the government in August for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase were fully integrated and tested by Oshkosh.
Responding to an urgent need in Afghanistan for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) in 2009, Oshkosh Defense delivered its M-ATVs pre-wired and ready for C4 equipment.