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U.S. Army taps Oshkosh Defense for M1070A1 combat heavy equipment transporters

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The defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. has received a Pentagon order for re-baselining the current production configuration and the procurement of capability enhancements to Government Furnished M1070A1 combat heavy equipment transporters.

Oshkosh Defense has received a  $17,3 million hybrid contract for M1070A1 combat heavy equipment transporters.

Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2020.

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The M1070A1 HET is an all-terrain vehicle and can operate in remote locations enabling soldiers to transport heavy military vehicles including the 70-ton M1A1 Abrams battle tanks.

Development of this tractor truck began in 2008. It is an improved version of the previous U.S. Army M1070.

According to military-today.com, the M1070A1 has an integral armored cab. It accommodates driver, co-driver and four passengers. It accommodates the crew of the main battle tank, or other combat vehicle, that the M1070A1 transports on a trailer. The rear seat for four passenger can be transformed into a sleeper bunk for two. Protection level of the cab can be tailored depending on the threat and mission requirements.

The M1070A1 is powered by an 18.1-liter Caterpillar C18 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 700 hp. The original M1070 heavy equipment transporter has significantly less powerful engine, that develops 500 hp. This prime mover has an 8×8 configuration. 

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