Oshkosh Defense has received a contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) Systems Command to modernise its fleet of extendable boom forklifts (EBFL).
Valued at $54m, the latest contract will see Oshkosh providing enhancements to the EBFL systems, as well as delivery of armoured cabs, and initial fielding spare parts kits.
Oshkosh Defense defence programmes senior vice-president colonel (retired) John Bryant said: "The Oshkosh modernised EBFL delivers the protection, loading functionality and sustainment that the Marine Corps needs to optimise their expeditionary forklift fleet.
"Oshkosh is proud to provide vehicles with enhanced capabilities and better protection that our troops deserve."
Deliveries under this contract are expected to begin in 2016.
The contract will cover training classes for marines on the modernised changes to the EBFL.
Training will be conducted at designated locations, the company stated.
The company received the EBFL contract in September 2014 and has already completed all required government development testing, evaluation, and readiness reviews.
Work under this $99m firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is expected to be completed by September 2019.
In April, Oshkosh Defense started the production and deployment phase of the USMC's P-19 replacement (P-19R) aircraft rescue fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle programme.
The USMC's P-19R ARFF vehicle programme seeks to provide marines with superior off-road capability, speed, and transportability to better respond to an entire range of firefighting missions in future.
Image: Oshkosh Defense will modernise US Marine Corps' fleet of extendable boom forklifts (EBFL). Photo: courtesy of Oshkosh Defense, LLC.