Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) announced that its Airport Products division has introduced a new Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle, which features a variety of design enhancements to enable airport firefighters to do their job more efficiently and safely.
“The new Oshkosh Striker was designed and built to meet the most demanding fire rescue environments faced by our airport customers,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. “The final design of this vehicle is a testament to the input from airport fire chiefs and firefighters around the globe. We integrated their ideas and needs with our technical, engineering and manufacturing expertise to create a truly remarkable ARFF vehicle that will protect firefighters and help save lives in airport emergencies.”
Researched and developed for more than three years, the new Striker features advanced safety systems that have been built into all aspects of the vehicle’s design. The new Striker is designed to exceed NFPA requirements for static side slope stability and the cab is built to meet Europe’s stringent ECE 29 Certification for structural integrity.
The new Striker’s fire suppression technology comes available with Pulse Delivery that enables firefighters to deliver dry chemical powder in a truly “dry” form over 90 feet, which is more than three times the ability of other dry chemical systems. The new Striker offers electronic foam proportioning, a wide selection of bumper turrets and a high reach extendable turret. In addition, the new Striker is engineered to accommodate Ultra High Pressure (UHP) technology, a high-pressure water system and a Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system.
The new Striker is also 2,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which allows for faster acceleration and increased fuel efficiency. These groundbreaking innovations will enable emergency responders to reach those in need more quickly. Equipped with Oshkosh’s patented TAK-4 all-wheel independent suspension with dual control arms and 16 inches (40.6 cm) of wheel travel, the new Striker also features improved off-road mobility.
The vehicle’s smart design features include a Mission Control Console driver environment with function specific, purpose driven controls and color-coded switches and groupings to support trained response actions by firefighters.