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November 2013 Industrial Power - OshKosh Striker

Full-Force Emergency Response

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Fire is bad. Fire on an airstrip is really bad. When there is an emergency at an airport, every second is critical—and there is no room for error. For this reason, when it comes to choosing emergency response vehicles, there is no question why more and more international airports are choosing the Oshkosh Striker for their firefighting needs. Thanks to their innovative fire suppression technology, unmatched chassis performance, and incredible reliability, Strikers are currently deployed in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Strikers are currently deployed in more than 70 countries worldwide.

The Striker lineup features three models: the 1500, 3000, and 4500. Model designation is derived from the amount of water, in gallons, the vehicles are able to carry onboard. Each Striker is equipped with the same firefighting tools and equipment, and TAK-4 modular suspension systems. At the small end of the fleet, the Striker 1500 is equipped as a 4x4, with a single TAK-4 suspension module at each end. The 3000 is configured as a 6x6, with dual driving rear modules, and a single driven steering module in front. Rounding out the fleet, the Striker 4500, which is the largest—and capable of carrying 4,500 gallons of water onboard—is delivered in an 8x8 arrangement, with two driven TAK-4 modules at the rear, and two driven steering modules up front. Both the Striker 1500 and 3000 come standard with a Caterpillar C-16 engine and Allison 4800 transmission, while the 4500 is equipped with a larger Caterpillar C-18 and Twin Disc TD61 transmission.

Specifications
Striker 1500
Engine: Caterpillar C-16 inline six-cylinder
Horsepower: 680 hp at 2,100 rpm
Torque: 1,950 lb-ft at 1,400 rpm
Transmission: Allison 4800 EVS seven-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Oshkosh equipped with torque-proportioning differential and driver-selected locking mechanism
Acceleration: 0 to 50 mph in 25 seconds
Top Speed: 70 mph
Suspension: 4x4 with Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system, with dual control arms and coil springs
Side Slope Stability: 30 degrees
Tires: 24R21 XZL Michelin
GVWR: 58,000 pounds
Wheelbase: 234 inches
Water Tank: 1,500 gallons
Foam Tank: 210 gallons
Fire Pump: 1,950 gpm at 240 psi

Striker 3000
Engine: Caterpillar C-16 inline six-cylinder
Horsepower: 680 hp at 2,100 rpm
Torque: 1,950 lb-ft at 1,400 rpm
Transmission: Allison 4800 EVS seven-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Oshkosh equipped with torque-proportioning differential and driver-selected locking mechanism
Acceleration: 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds
Top Speed: 70 mph
Suspension: 6x6 with Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system, with dual control arms and coil springs
Side Slope Stability: 30 degrees
Tires: 24R21 XZL Michelin
GVWR: 87,000 pounds
Wheelbase: 236 inches
Water Tank: 3,000 gallons
Foam Tank: 420 gallons
Fire Pump: 1,950 gpm at 240 psi

Striker 4500
Engine: Caterpillar C-18 inline six-cylinder
Horsepower: 950 hp at 2,100 rpm
Torque: 2,400 lb-ft at 1,400 rpm
Transmission: Twin Disc TD61-2619 six-speed automatic with integral transfer case
Acceleration: 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds
Top Speed: 70 mph
Suspension: 8x8 with Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system, with dual control arms and coil springs
Side Slope Stability: 30 degrees
Tires: 24R21 XZL Michelin
GVWR: 116,000 pounds
Wheelbase: 267 inches
Water Tank: 4,500 gallons
Foam Tank: 630 gallons
Fire Pump: 1,950 gpm at 240 psi

SOURCES
Caterpillar
100 North East Adams Street
Peoria
IL  61629
309-675-1000
http://www.cat.com
Oshkosh Corporation
www.oshkoshtruck.com
Allison Transmission
4700 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis
IN  46222
317-242-5000
www.allisontransmission.com
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27 comments
Scott Metz
Scott Metz

Haha! We got the same lastname.. Sweet..

Nolan Ingrao
Nolan Ingrao

Yes I'm the mechanic that works on them. One hell of a truck.

Kyle Metz
Kyle Metz

I ride in the predecessor to the striker every day. The Oshkosh P-19 powered by a old mechanical cummins.

Cody Kimball
Cody Kimball

M948A1 wrecker. Baddest truck in the military in my opinion

Brad Fry
Brad Fry

I have driven the 8 wheel drive striker and have done all mechanical training on it also !

Michael Stancer
Michael Stancer

Yeah the only bad thing about this truck is they are a pain to work on

Michael Evans
Michael Evans

I want to get one and armor plate the entire outside. Also take the ladder and water pumping system off as well. This way I can have the ultimate zombie machine. Plus put a cattle plow on the front and armor the tires.

Ben Zelent
Ben Zelent

sure did at an airport! felt like a beast!

Robby Defa
Robby Defa

I have just don't tell the fire guy's at the airport!

Mike Cantu
Mike Cantu

I think DFW has one of these. Nice rig indeed!

Tom Eick
Tom Eick

I drive past the factory every day

Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith

Yes we have one of the last older body style strikers! That thing is a beast!!!!!!!

Peter Kaczorowski
Peter Kaczorowski

Been driving the model shown (3000 with a Snozzle) since 09......the test in the photo is done to all Strikers. Tilt Table angle for sideslope testing. The rigs loosely chained on the bed and has to be able to go up to 30% without the chains going tight. Ours got to 34.20........this 1st gen looks to be at 30.44.

Channing Jones
Channing Jones

Yep used to drive one all the time at my last base.

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