Oshkosh Defense [OSK] said Tuesday the company has received a $99 million order from the Army to outfit a second Stryker brigade with the new 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS).
The latest order covers equipping 83 vehicles with the Stryker MCWS, according to the company.
“The Oshkosh Defense MCWS is a highly capable weapon that meets all requirements. We are proud that the U.S. Army has ordered additional MCWS to outfit a second Stryker brigade,” Pat Williams, the company’s vice president for U.S. Army and Marine Corps programs, said in a statement.
In June, the Army selected Oshkosh Defense for the Stryker MCWS program and awarded the company a potential $942 million deal, to include an initial $130 million delivery order covering 91 vehicles (Defense Daily, June 3).
Oshkosh Defense beat out two other bidders for the program to provide a 30mm, unmanned turreted auto-cannon integrated on a Stryker DVHA1 Infantry Carrier Vehicles, which began in May 2019 with a design integration study that included Pratt Miller, which has since been acquired by Oshkosh Defense, General Dynamics [GD], which builds the Army’s Strykers, as well as Raytheon Technologies [RTX], Leonardo DRS, and Kollsman, Inc.
The Army has signed off on plans to procure three brigades worth of Stryker MCWS, while the $942 million contract value reflects the potential for the Army to push that up to six brigades, program officials have said previously.
Oshkosh Defense said since receiving the award the company’s production representative system sample has started risk mitigation testing with the Army.
“As part of the risk mitigation testing, soldiers have had the opportunity to interact with the Oshkosh Defense MCWS. The feedback from the first soldier touchpoint has been very positive and reaffirms our soldier-centric design,” Williams said.