Oshkosh Defense has started the production and deployment phase of the US Marine Corps‘ (USMC) 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.

Awarded in May 2013, the P-19R contract has a performance period that runs up to 2018 and aims to replace the 1984 deployed P-19A fleet, which is nearing the end of its service life.

Since then, Oshkosh has successfully completed all necessary government development testing and evaluation and readiness reviews to achieve Milestone C approval and low rate initial production (LRIP) contract.

Oshkosh Defense, defence programmes senior vice-president John Bryant said: "The Oshkosh P-19R is backed by our company’s unique combination of industry leading off-road military vehicle and ARFF expertise, providing marines with the latest innovative technology whether they’re at a military base or an expeditionary airfield.

"Consistent with our strong track record of delivering programmes on-schedule and on-budget, we’re proud to deliver the new P-19R capabilities and safety that marines need for future fire-emergency missions."

The P-19R vehicle is equipped with Oshkosh’s TAK-4 independent suspension system, Command Zone, an integrated control and diagnostics system, and advanced Striker firefighting systems.

"We’re proud to deliver the new P-19R capabilities and safety that marines need for future fire-emergency missions"

Its 600 horsepower engine enables the vehicle to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and speeds of up to 70mph.

Oshkosh’s TAK-4 independent suspension system provides the payload capacity needed to carry 1,000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam agent, and 500lb of Halotron auxiliary firefighting agent.

The fully-automated Command Zone system allows marines to repair and troubleshoot vehicles, view real-time performance data and remotely access diagnostics information.

Oshkosh will start delivering the first LRIP vehicles to support production verification testing (PVT) in November.

Image: Oshkosh achieves another on-time, on-budget programme for the US Marine Corps with its P-19R ARFF vehicle. Photo: courtesy of OSHKOSH DEFENSE, LLC.