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February 18, 2013

McNeilus parent, OshKosh, lands $381M military contact with UAE

While its U.S. military busines plunged by 21 percent during the first quarter, Oshkosh just had a massive $381 million blast of military business from The United Arab Emirates.

Oshkosh, which owns truck maker McNeilus Cos. in Dodge Center, recently signed a contract with the UAE for 750 "mine-resistant, ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicles," according to media reports.

OnxTgG8JcoBPnQlAtclDn0GpLThe Oshkosh contract is the largest among a total of $1.4 billion or 5.2 billion dirhams defense deals, announced by the UAE today.

This is an interesting turn for a company that recently reduced its military business, which once represented about 60 percent of its sales.

It probably will not have any direct impact on McNeilus, which makes refuge trucks and cement mixers locally.

The UAE deals are  interesting from an international persective, because they also include the sale of U.S.-made unmanned drones to a Middle East country. The Emirates are buying an unknown number of Predator drones, which are known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for $196 million.

"UAVs are significant for any armed forces in present times. There is a lot of demand for these," stated Major General Obeid al-Ketbi at an arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi, according to Reuters news service.

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