Oshkosh wins $ 16 million deal to boost military mobility in Iraq, Lebanon and Malaysia
BEIRUT – Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a $ 16.7 million contract to supply three types of extended mobility heavy tactical trucks as well as heavy equipment carriers to Lebanon, Iraq and Malaysia.
The contract for the HEMTT M1120A4, M977A4 and M978A4 as well as for the HET M1070A1 is part of the Foreign Military Sales program of the US Department of Defense. The deal was announced on September 22, and its estimated completion date is January 31, 2022. Oshkosh was the sole bidder.
The M1120A4’s load handling system is capable of transporting 11 tonnes; The M977A4 has a payload capacity of 10 tonnes; the M978A4 refueling tanker can carry 2,500 gallons of fuel; and the M1070A1 tank transporter has a maximum payload of 75 tons.
“These low-loaders are expected to be added to the transport regiment of the Lebanese Armed Forces, where vehicles with similar capabilities are centralized on the same site to facilitate maintenance and professional training, and will be sent for tactical purposes only,” he said. Lebanese army retired. Brig. General Maroun Hitti, who served as director of operations and deputy chief of staff for planning, told Defense News.
He said the agreement provides for the delivery of 80 trucks to the three countries, each worth approximately $ 200,000. (The remaining money is for maintenance costs.)
âI expect Lebanon to receive around 15 vehicles – a combination of the four types,â Hitti said, adding that amid the Lebanese economic crisis, trucks are expected to significantly reduce transportation costs, while increasing the cost of transportation. military mobility.
A retired Iraqi armed forces brigadier and defense expert Adnan Al Kenany told Defense News that the trucks heading for the country will serve as additional transport capacity for the services. It is not known how many vehicles the country should receive.
âThe Iraqi Directorate of Guidance and Supply has a number of heavy transport trucks that exceeds 250 trucks, including trucks from Russia and others from France. These trucks will carry heavy armored vehicles, usually within the country to operate or maneuver in locations 300-400 kilometers away, including borders, âAl Kenany said.
AgnÃ¨s Helou is the Middle East correspondent for Defense News. His interests include missile defense, cybersecurity, interoperability of weapons systems, and strategic issues in the Middle East and Gulf region.