USAF Orders Oshkosh Runway Brooms and High-Speed Blower

13 May 2010 (Last Updated May 13th, 2010 18:30)

The US Air Force has contracted Oshkosh Airport Products Group to supply 22 H-Series runway broom / blower vehicles and one H-Series high-speed blower vehicle for its bases. The air force will deploy the units at its bases throughout Germany, the UK and the US from September 2010.

The US Air Force has contracted Oshkosh Airport Products Group to supply 22 H-Series runway broom / blower vehicles and one H-Series high-speed blower vehicle for its bases.

The air force will deploy the units at its bases throughout Germany, the UK and the US from September 2010.

Built for a standardised air force base configuration, the H-Series vehicle will be provided with spare parts and operator training.

The runway broom / blower vehicle will include an 18ft by 46in front-mounted and hydrostatically driven rotary broom.

It will also feature a mid-mounted, hydrostatically driven, forced air blower, powered by a dedicated 330hp engine.

Featuring a 335hp chassis engine and a 700hp dedicated blower engine, the single high-speed blower can disperse as much as 3,000t of snow an hour at a distance of up to 150ft.

It can effectively handle variable snow conditions with its hydrostatic-drive ribbon, driven independently from the impeller.

The H-Series chassis also includes all-wheel drive and Oshkosh's ALL STEER electronic all-wheel steering for manoeuvrability and safety interlocks with an emergency stop feature for attachments.