Recently, TFL’s Roman Mica got the chance to attend the 2016 Association of the United States Army Exposition in Washington, D.C. This expo gives a number of different producers the opportunity to display their best works in front of a group consisting of both military members, defense contractors, and members of the press such as Roman. This time, Roman had the chance to speak with George Mansfield, vice president of international programs for Oshkosh Defense, about the Oshkosh M-ATV Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All Terrain Vehicle.
The M-ATV is part of a family of five vehicles, each in varying wheel number and wheelbase length. In this video, it was the four-wheel, long-wheelbase variety which Roman got a chance to look at. This particular variant is capable of carrying up to 11 soldiers with five in the front cabin and six in the rear. As you can probably guess, the Oshkosh M-ATV is all-wheel drive, and powered by a 7.2L Caterpillar C7 inline 6-Cylinder engine which produces 370 horsepower and, seeing as it is a diesel, probably loads of torque, although Mr. Mansfield did not specify how much. Other versions of the same engine can produce upwards of 800 lb-ft so that would likely be a safe number to keep in your head. Additional features include 16 inches of wheel travel as well as run-flat tires and a central tire inflation system (CTIS). Also onboard is an active fire suppression system both inside and outside of the vehicle to help give this vehicle its MRAP rating.
To find out more about the Oshkosh M-ATV Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All Terrain Vehicle, be sure to watch the entire video, as it is packed with info about the M-ATV’s various features and capabilities!