Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense division has received an order valued at more than $290 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver more than 725 next-generation Palletized Load Systems (PLS) A1. The order was issued under the Army’s existing Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles contract. Production is scheduled to begin in April 2010 and be completed in September 2011. The PLS A1 is the next generation of the PLS, which Oshkosh manufactures for the Army’s distribution and resupply needs. The vehicle features the TAK-4 independent front suspension and carries a demountable cargo bed, aka flatrack, with a 16.5-ton (15-t) payload capacity.