It is hard to believe that it is more than two years since Oshkosh, leading global producer of ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting) vehicles, began the Production and Deployment Phase of the P-19R for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The P-19R contract was awarded to Oshkosh in 2013 and will continue until 2018.
The P-19R ARFFs replaced the 19-A fleet which, after a successful service life since deployment in 1984. Oshkosh successfully fully completed all of the necessary developmental testing required to achieve Milestone C approval and the ARFFs were delivered to USMC. They quickly became a full-time part of the force and the crew would find it impossible to imagine life without them, even though the vehicles have been around for such a relatively short time.
The features that make the vehicle so special are manifold, and include:
The marines of USMC are involved with a range of firefighting and rescue missions that demand the very highest levels of performance from ARFFs. The Oshkosh P-19R is designed to easily meet and exceed the many demands placed upon it – the first of the LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) will be delivered in November to support PVT (Production Verification Testing).
John Bryant, the Senior Vice-President of Defence Programmes at Oshkosh, said that the P-19R is “backed by our company’s unique combination of industry leading off-road military vehicle and ARFF expertise”, making it suitable use from “an expeditionary airfield or a military base”. The programme has been delivered consistent with the company’s “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”, he said.
Terberg DTS are extremely proud to supply ARFFs from world-renowned Oshkosh. Check out our recent articles which feature details of the Oshkosh Storm and Striker vehicles and call our fire engine sales team for more information.
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