The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a $19m delivery order to Oshkosh Defense for the supply of additional 31 units of P-19R aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles.

The company started delivering the first P-19R vehicles in June and has received orders for a total of 160 P-19R ARFFs slated to be delivered gradually through 2019.

Oshkosh Defense Army and Marine Corps Programmes vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “The Marine Corps has been using the legacy Oshkosh-manufactured P-19A ARFF vehicle for over 30 years.

“While the P-19A has proven reliable and effective across those three decades of service, the Marine Corps is now in need of a vehicle replacement with advanced firefighting capabilities and improved off-road mobility.

“Oshkosh Defense is delivering this capability in the P-19R ARFF vehicle, utilising our extensive product and engineering expertise from across our Oshkosh Corporation segments.”

“The Marine Corps is now in need of a vehicle replacement with advanced firefighting capabilities and improved off-road mobility.”

The design of the P-19R vehicles is based on the combat-proven Oshkosh logistics vehicle system replacement (LVSR) platform and the technologically upgraded striker firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products.

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The new ARFFs offer enhanced off-road mobility, advanced firefighting capabilities and the latest in military-class vehicle technologies.

Equipped with the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system, the P-19R ARFF vehicles offer improved off-road mobility, providing marines with greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies.

The suspension system has been used on more than 20,000 military-class vehicles to date.

In addition, the P-19Rs feature the Oshkosh Command Zone, which is a fully-automated integrated control and diagnostics system that provides access to major vehicle information. The solution also enables marines to repair and troubleshoot vehicles, view real-time performance data and remotely access diagnostics information.