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Oshkosh Defense Tests A2 Cargo 6x6 Low-Velocity Drop

Oshkosh Defense FMTV A2 Cargo 6x6 LVAD Undergoes U.S. Army Test

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command's Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) recently conducted the final airdrop test of the Oshkosh® Defense FMTV A2 Cargo 6x6 Low-Velocity Airdrop (LVAD).

The airdrops, which took place at Fort Liberty in North Carolina, mark a key milestone for the FMTV A2 LVAD program. The tests validated the design and capabilities of the Cargo 6x6 LVAD to ensure its suitability for the stringent demands of airdrop and follow-on operations.

Developed to address the challenges of an aging medium LVAD fleet, the three Oshkosh Defense FMTV A2 LVAD variants, the Cargo 6x6, Cargo 4x4, and Dump Truck 6x6, are each engineered to fulfill a critical need for the Airborne community.

"We are extremely pleased with the results of the FMTV A2 LVAD airdrop tests," stated Pat Williams, chief programs officer at Oshkosh Defense.

"This is an integral step in delivering the FMTV A2 LVAD capability that underscores our commitment to partnering with the U.S. Army to deliver mission-critical tactical vehicles that meet the needs of the modern battlefield."

The FMTV A2 Cargo 6x6 LVAD successfully demonstrated its ability to withstand the rigors of an airdrop, maintain structural integrity upon landing and complete the post-drop road maneuvers. In 2023, the Cargo 6x6 LVAD prototype completed Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS), RIGEX (Rigging Exercises), Roller Loading, and Simulated Airdrop Impact Testing (SAIT). The Cargo 4x4 and Dump Truck LVAD variants will undergo similar testing in 2024.

FMI: www.oshkoshdefense.com

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