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Oshkosh Corp. turns over first prototype for new military Humvee

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The Oshkosh Corporation has given the military the first of 22 prototypes for a new breed of basic military vehicle to replace the Humvee.

Oshkosh is one of three contractors hoping to win a huge $30 billion contract to make the new vehicles over a 20-year period.

The Pentagon is looking to replace up to 55,000 Humvees with safer units that offer more protection from improvised explosive devices. Officials also want the new vehicles to be faster, lighter, and more nimble than other armored trucks which are now on the market.

Oshkosh plans to deliver the rest of its prototypes this month.

The company was hoping to get its main employee union to extend its labor contract by five years, saying it would give Oshkosh a better chance to win the contract. However, talks on an extension recently broke down.