Thales joined with Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, Manufacturers of heavy duty, all-wheel drive, Military Trucks, to submit seven vehicles to the Australian Department of Defence for Comparative Evaluation Testing as part of Australia's Land 121 'Over Lander' Program.
Phase 3 of the Over Lander Program seeks to upgrade the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) fleet with more than 3,000 light, medium and heavy military vehicles, as well as approximately 3,000 trailers. Thales Australia and Oshkosh Defense are competing for the Medium/Heavy Capability segment of Phase 3, which seeks to procure more than 2,000 Military off the Shelf (MOTS) trucks.
The Land 121 'Over Lander' program is undergoing a refresh and Comparative Evaluation Testing of all tenderer's vehicles following changes to ADF requirements. Comparative testing is expected to be conducted through October 2009.
Oshkosh Defense is submitting five variants based on its U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) platform for Comparative Evaluation Testing alongside two Thales Bushmaster Single Cab vehicles, which are variants of the combat-proven Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle.