The Oshkosh Armored LVSR comes in three flavors: Cargo, Tractor, and Wrecker
It fits into Oshkosh’s renewed lineup of heavy tactical vehicles designed for modern battlefields, as well as others such as the Extended Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4, Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) , the Palletized Loading System (PLS) and the Wheeled Tanker. All of these five powerful and rugged vehicles come in several customizable variations, with the aim of providing the best possible configuration for each mission at hand.
This is the main reason why the US military recently commissioned a number of 353 new recapitalized heavy tactical vehicles that will be delivered by Oshkosh over the next three years.
The powerful Logistics Vehicle Replacement System (LVSR) core platform screams power and capability. This machine is driven by a massive, turbocharged, water-cooled 15.2-liter Caterpillar C15 four-stroke diesel engine producing 600 hp. It is mated to an Allison seven-speed automatic transmission assisted by an Oshkosh-designed one-speed transfer case.
In the case of LVSR, the numbers say it all. First, it weighs around 54,000 pounds (24,000 kg), is around 11 meters (36 feet) long, and can be driven at a top speed of 65 mph (105 km / h). Considering its fuel capacity of 628 liters (166 gallons), it can cover a range of around 483 km (300 miles) in a single outing. As for the military personnel it can carry, a crew of two can sit comfortably inside the cabin, which has a third space for an optional shooter if the situation calls for it.
Equally impressive is the TAK-4 independent suspension system, specially designed to cover high-speed off-road trails, hauling heavy loads efficiently and safely, regardless of terrain conditions. The TAK-4 suspension system consists of several spring options, helping the vehicle achieve a commendable maximum independent wheel travel of 16 inches (40.6 cm).
Another interesting trait of the Oshkosh LVSR is its payload capacities – it can reach almost 22.5 tons while driving on asphalt or up to 16.5 tons on off-road courses. In addition, the LVSR and all other Oshkosh heavy tactical vehicles come with factory-installed, well-integrated armor that provides excellent protection for military personnel operating the vehicle.
The LVSR is available in three variants, each specially designed for different purposes: the convenience store, the tractor and the freight transporter.
The Wrecker serves as a recovery vehicle. It can reach totalized machines regardless of the terrain in which they are stuck: thick mud, heavy snow, moving water or powdery sand. It benefits from the Command Zone integrated diagnostic and control system and can retrieve and tow heavy wheels such as HMMWV, FMTV or 5 ton M809 series.
It has a maximum flat towing capacity of 110,000 lbs. (49,895 kg), and in the case of lifting and towing situations, it can handle weights up to 96,000 lbs. (43,545 kg). In addition, its off-roading capabilities are enhanced by the auxiliary mechanisms that the Wrecker has.
For example, when the passage becomes difficult, it can benefit from its high force winches, the front one being rated for a maximum of 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg) of straight pulling power, while the rear assembly reaches 78,000 lbs. (35,380 kg) of maximum force. In addition, the LVSR troubleshooter is equipped with a central crane for optimum efficiency during recovery missions.
The tractor configuration of the logistics vehicle replacement system is best suited for transporting heavy loads in extreme terrain. It supports a 25.3 ton (22,952 kg) vertical loading system and can attach to semi-trailers, heavy engineering equipment and combat vehicles. This machine also relies heavily on the equipped winch accessories. The first is a 60,000 pounds. (27,216 kg) self-recovery unit with maximum pulling capacity, and the second is mounted directly on the trailer to be towed.
The Cargo variant of the heavy tactical vehicle is distinguished by its Integrated Load Handling System (LHS), which facilitates the process of loading and unloading flat carriers from trailers. It can safely transport ammunition, ISO containers up to 20 feet (6.1 m), tactical and support deck equipment, and most importantly, fuel containers. The integrated LHS helps the vehicle load and unload cargo of up to 22.5 tonnes (20,412 kg) with the help of adapters stored on the vehicle and lifting hardware, readily available for efficient handling.
A great representative of Oshkosh’s heavy tactical vehicle lineup, the LVSR is a solid addition to any military or commercial fleet of rugged, all-terrain, and armored monster machines. Used correctly, they can turn the odds in their favor in all dangerous situations and ensure the safety of their crew and cargo.