The Army placed an order for Oshkosh Defense to outfit a second Stryker brigade with the Medium Caliber Weapon System under its existing contract, Oshkosh announced today.
This order will be worth $99 million to add the MCWS onto 83 Stryker vehicles, according to the company's announcement. The MCWS adds a 30 mm cannon and unmanned turret to Stryker infantry carriers.
Oshkosh won the competition to produce the MCWS in June, at which time the Army ordered the first brigade set, which included 91 systems for $130 million. The Army's contract with Oshkosh includes options for up to six brigade sets of the MCWS.
The Army is working with Oshkosh to fix design issues with the MCWS, Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, the program executive officer for ground combat systems, told Inside Defense last month. A live-fire exercise is scheduled for early September.
Oshkosh's production representative system sample is currently undergoing risk-mitigation testing, Pat Williams, vice president of Army and Marine Corps programs at the company, wrote in an email today to Inside Defense. Production of the first brigade set of MCWS is scheduled to begin in spring 2022, with initial deliveries set for July 2022.