Oshkosh Defense [OSK] has received a $23.6 million dollar order to recapitalize nearly 50 Heavy Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) for the National Guard.

The deal is the first under a new $237.7 million HEMTT recapitalization order awarded in early February that will eventually total 407 heavy trucks.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. – A heavy expanded mobility tactical truck (HEMTT) prepares to recover another vehicle that has been immobilized by a mock improvised explosive device during a combat support training exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 21, 2016. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Clinton Massey, 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment)

“Through recapitalization, vehicles are stripped to the frame rails, rebuilt to the latest configuration and returned to the fleet in zero-mile, zero-hour condition with the same technology, safety features, bumper-to-bumper warranty and life cycle cost advantage of a new vehicle,” Pat Williams, Oshkosh Defense’s vice president of U.S. Army and Marine Corps programs, told Defense Daily on Monday.

Deliveries of the 48 recapitalized HEMTT’s to the National Guard will run from May to October 2020.

The latest recapitalization deal arrives as the Army aims to pivot its tactical wheeled vehicle strategy toward outfitting its fleet with new capabilities designed to better handle potentially heavier systems to be procured under its overall modernization effort, including long-range precision fires (Defense Daily, Feb. 8).

The Army has fielded the HEMTT since 1981, with Oshkosh recapitalizing over 12,500 trucks since 1995.