Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement
Program Marks Delivery Milestone
BACKGROUND: The Medium
Tactical Vehicle Replacement
(MTVR) program aims to modernize the Marine Corps’ medium-sized truck fleet to withstand the
demands of off-road operations and
provide the integrated technologies
needed in today’s vehicles.
SCOPE: The MTVR has an on-road payload capacity of 15 tons and
off-road capacity of 7. 1 tons, which is
why it’s known as the “7-ton truck.”
Newer variants are the MTVR 4x4, a
Load Handling System and the
MTVR with onboard power, which
can supply up to 120 kilowatts of
military-grade power in the field that
can be used for onboard weapons,
back-up power for mission-critical
equipment, improved fuel economy,
power export or storage.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OSHKOSH DEFENSE
TIMELINE: The first contract in
1998 called for 5,666 vehicles, with
options for an additional 2,502.
Full-rate production began in 2000.
Oshkosh Corp. celebrated with the
Marines and Navy Seabees the
production of the 10,000th MTVR
in May. Oshkosh also is providing
MTVRs to the military through its
Recapitalization Program, which
provides remanufactured, like-new
vehicles with 100 percent performance and reliability at no more than
75 percent of the cost.
WHO’S IN CHARGE: Kevin
Stilson, Oshkosh’s director of
Marine Corps programs at company headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis.
He’s been with Oshkosh for 19
years and previously worked on
Army programs. He has been in his
current position for eight years.
The very first MTVRs we developed were the cargo variants, but
there were some requirements later on in the program for a dump
truck variant and a wrecker variant. Later, we ended up working with the
Seabees on developing a tractor variant, which the Marines also wanted.
We have a couple other variants we’ve developed. One, [on] which
we’ve partnered with the Office of Naval Research, is the onboard power
vehicle. For their radar systems and communications shelters, and for setting up things in advance, it provides a lot of flexibility.
About 90 percent of our MTVRs go to the Marine Corps. We’ve also
been working on armor protection for these vehicles. We’ve been working
closely with the Marines on developing a comprehensive armor package.
We’ve installed more than 900 kits on MTVRs in theater.
The MTVR is considered one of the safer vehicles in-theater because it
sits so far off the ground, which mitigates force of an IED [improvised
explosive device] attack, and because of the armor package we’ve added.
The program is reaching nearly $2 billion so far. The vehicles range in
price from $200,000 to $450,000 per vehicle, depending on the variant.
About 80 percent of the entire fleet of MTVRs are cargo variants. We’ve
had a great relationship with the Marine Corps.
I think the remanufacturing program is really going to take off in the
future — so far we’ve done 51. The truck hasn’t really been out there that
long, but they’ve been through a war and have taken some wear and tear.
We’ve done thousands for the Army.
The current contract allows vehicles to be added [if] the Marine Corps
or the Seabees get additional funds. We’ve got firm orders to about 10,500
trucks. We’re looking at more requirements for fiscal 2009, but we don’t
have great visibility on that yet. It won’t be to the levels that we’ve
seen in the past.