Oshkosh® Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle, United States of America

The Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle is designed and built by Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, to meet the emergency response needs of military and civil aviation authorities.

The Striker ARFF vehicle was unveiled at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) held in Indianapolis in April 2010. It was also introduced at the Interschutz fire and emergency show in Germany in June 2010.

The ARFF vehicle is designed to provide first-response fire protection and safety services in aircraft fire emergencies at military airfields and airbases as well as commercial service airports.

The vehicle has three axle configurations, namely Striker 1500 (4x4), Striker 3000 (6x6) and Striker 4500 (8x8).

Striker ARFF vehicle orders and deliveries

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Oshkosh Airport Products received a $1.9m order from the Royal Air Force of Oman and Ministry of Defence in November 2008 for the supply of three Oshkosh Striker 3000 ARFF vehicles.

In September 2009, the US Air Force (USAF), through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), ordered 15 Striker ARFF vehicles including eight 6x6 and seven 4x4 vehicles for use at its air bases across North America and rest of the world.

Oshkosh Airport Products received an order from the Redmond Oregon Fire and Rescue Department for a Striker 3000 in February 2011. The vehicle entered into service in February 2012.

In August 2014, Oshkosh Airport Products supplied 24 Striker 6x6 ARFF vehicles to the airports across Japan, including Japan Air Self-Defence Force bases, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force bases, Japan Ground Self-Defence Force bases, as well as Tottori and Yamagata civilian airports.

Oshkosh Airport Products was selected by the USAF to build 16 Striker vehicles (seven 4x4 and nine 6x6) with ultra high pressure (UHP) firefighting systems in January 2015.

The Striker aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles are also in service with a number of international airports across the world.

Oshkosh Striker design and features

The Oshkosh Striker is designed with sleek, aero fibreglass body. The 7.8m³ cab features aluminium frame, centre steering, a wrap-around instrument panel, and easy-read backlit gauges and controls.

It offers increased visibility in all directions. Its spacious interior provides seating for up to five personnel.

The basic Oshkosh Striker 4x4 vehicle has a length of 10.82m, width of approximately 3.05m, and a height of 3.56m. It has a wheel base of 5.56m and gross weight of 28,123kg.

The vehicle is fitted with non-aspirated / aspirated roof as well as bumper turrets with electric joystick controls. The roof turret can deliver up to 1,420lpm/2,839lpm, while the bumper turret can deliver 1,136lpm.

Onboard equipment also includes 5,678l water tank, 795l foam tank, power divider driven Waterous CRQB fire pump, foam proportioning system around the pump, and fixed hose reels.

"The ARFF vehicle is designed to provide first-response fire protection and safety services in aircraft fire emergencies."

The vehicle can be optionally fitted with central tire inflation system, hydraulic generator, winterisation system, and mechanical rear axle steering, as well as a high-reach extendable turret, dry chemical system, central lube system, Hydro-Chem™ Direct Injection nozzle, auxiliary lighting and electronic foam proportioning.

It is also equipped with a 60,000BTU air conditioning unit, an 80,000BTU heater, and anti-lock braking system.

Powertrain of the Oshkosh Striker vehicle

The Oshkosh Striker fire fighting vehicle is powered by Deutz TCD 16l V8 engine, which generates a power output of 697hp and a torque of 1,950ft/lb at 1,400rpm.

The vehicle is installed with electronic, seven-speed, automatic Allison 4800 EVS transmission. It is also equipped with Oshkosh TAK-4 all-wheel independent suspension system integrating dual control arms and single coil spring to provide better riding quality. The Michelin 24R21 XZL tyres provide reliable performance on all terrains.

Drum brakes are fitted to the front wheels of the S-cam type, whilst air/drum brakes features on the rear wheels. The vehicle can be optionally fitted with disc brakes. It also features double reduction differential driving axles with bevel gears at the front and rear. Each axle is rated at 14,061kg.

Performance of the Striker ARFF vehicle

The power-plant enables the vehicle to run at a top speed of more than 113km/h. The gradeability and side slopes of the vehicle are 50% and 30° respectively, and the turning diameter is 25.75m.

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