The Oshkosh Defence Palletized Load System


The Oshkosh® Palletized Load System (PLS) is built to carry ammunition and other critical supplies, and has proven its ability in front-line resupply missions in all types of environments, in all types of terrains.

The PLS is the backbone of the Army’s distribution and resupply system. It entered service in 1993 with The US Army and been in front-line resupply missions in the Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

A single operator uses the hydraulically powered hook arm to lift various flatracks or containers on or off the truck in less than one minute, and off the truck and trailer in less than five minutes.

About The Oshkosh Defence Palletized Load System


The PLS, with its 600 horsepower Caterpillar® C15 engine, is the backbone of the resupply and distribution system, providing unparalleled efficiency and performance for loading, unloading and delivering materials. It carries a wide range of cargo, and is specially designed to load and unload a variety of flatrack or ISO compatible containers all on its own.

PLS chassis mission profiles can extend to aiding in building and repairing roads, fire fighting and construction details when integrated with Engineering Mission Modules (EMMs), including the concrete mobile mixer, modular fuel farm, water distribution module, bituminous distributor module and dump truck. Engineered to meet the same high-level of performance as the PLS, the EMMs load on the vehicle like any cargo container, and have the ability to tap into the vehicle’s electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

The Oshkosh Defence Palletized Load System Spec’s


    Curb weight: 55,000 lb (25,000 kg) includes flatrack
Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR): 88,000 lb (40,000 kg)
Gross combined weight rating (GCWR):137,520 lb (62,380 kg)
Truck payload: 16.5 short tons (14,969 kg)
Trailer payload: 16.5 short tons (14,969 kg)
Truck length: 431 inches (10.9 m)
Trailer length: 327.4 inches (8.32 m) (includes trailer tongue, with flatrack)
Truck width: 96 inches (2.4 m)
Trailer width: 95.7 inches (2.43 m)
Truck height: 128 inches (3.3 m)
Flatrack dimensions: 8 ft × 20 ft (2.4 m × 6.1 m)
Fuel capacity: 100 gal (379 liters) 185 gal with optional second tank
Engine type: 500 hp (370 kW) V8 Detroit Diesel (8V92)
Transmission: Allison 6-speed automatic (5-speed forward, 1 reverse)
Transfer case: Oshkosh 2-speed with lockable planetary differential
Range: 300 mi (480 km)
Fording capability: 48 inches (1.2 m)
Air transportability: C-5A, C-17 aircraft
Cab: 2 person
Max speed: 62 mph(100 km/h)
Axle configuration: 10 x 10 (5 axles) full-time all-wheel drive
Axles: AxleTech with diff. lock and planetary hubs
Crane: 5,400 lb (2,450 kg)
Central tire inflation: 4 preset selections HWY • CC • MSS • EMERG