Dept. of Defense recognizes Oshkosh Defense with 2013 Value Engineering Achievement Award

Oshkosh Defense has been recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Defense with the 2013 Value Engineering Achievement Award for reducing product life-cylce cost for FMTV program.

The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, with the 2013 Value Engineering Achievement Award for setting record levels of quality and cost savings for the U.S. Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)  program. The award honors organizations that have significantly reduced the product life-cycle costs while improving performance and reliability.
The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command nominated Oshkosh for the award based on the company’s engineering improvements that led to $10.7 million in cost reductions for the FMTV program. Since being awarded the FMTV contract, Oshkosh has leveraged its engineering expertise, supplier network and lean manufacturing capabilities to improve FMTV quality and reduce costs. These efforts have provided soldiers with more reliable and effective equipment while saving U.S. taxpayers upwards of $2 billion over the life of the FMTV contract. Since awarded to Oshkosh, the FMTV program has set quality and unit delivery records.
“This award recognizes our engineering, design and analysis capabilities, which are key elements of our continuous improvement initiatives that span all product platforms at Oshkosh,” says John Bryant, Senior Vice President of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “We are proud to consistently deliver military vehicles with industry-leading quality. From product concept through full-rate production, our entire organization is designed to produce the highest quality and best value to provide the lowest program life-cycle costs. Beyond FMTV, future programs including the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will continue to benefit from our proven capabilities.”
The success of the FMTV program represents the tangible benefits of the Oshkosh Operating System and a global philosophy of continuous improvement across the Company. Oshkosh’s lean-based, flexible assembly lines can build a multitude of vehicle platforms and variants at any given time and at any volume. An enterprise-wide supplier network enables Oshkosh to leverage economies of scale across its military, commercial and industrial fleets.
Oshkosh was honored for multiple engineering improvements made to the FMTV. Oshkosh extensively tested new components and vehicle design changes to ensure they met or exceeded existing standards.
The FMTV program supports the U.S. Army and National Guard at home and abroad in tactical and combat operations, relief efforts, and unit resupply missions. The FMTV is a series of 17 models and 23 configurations ranging from 2.5- to 10-ton payloads. The vehicles feature crew-protecting armor and advanced technologies to provide the capability, versatility, mobility and protection to move troops and supplies, recover vehicles and weapon systems, or haul equipment wherever the mission requires.