The Korea Airports Corporation has taken delivery of its first new-generation Striker ARFF vehicles. Tom Allett reports.
The Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), an airport management company in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), has received its first three examples of a new-generation aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle. KAC-managed airports already had two Striker 3000 vehicles from the US Oshkosh Airport Products Group, which have been in service since mid-2011, but in November 2012 KAC took a further step forward. The next-generation vehicles have a new chassis and cab design. The company now simply refers to its long-established Striker family of vehicles by their axle configuration. Now, the former Striker 3000 is called a Striker 6×6, the Striker 1500 is a Striker 4×4 and the Striker 4500 is the Striker 8 x 8.
Oshkosh says the new-generation Striker family features advanced safety systems and delivers “innovative fire suppression technology, unmatched chassis performance, and unsurpassed reliability and durability.” It adds that the Korean vehicles’ 6×6 axle configuration, with Oshkosh TAK-4 all-wheel independent suspension and rear steering system, gives them “a smooth ride and excellent off-road capabilities.” Their 700HP, Tier 4i/Euro 5 emissions compliant turbo-charged engines are mated to a seven-speed, electronic automatic transmission that delivers a top speed greater than 70mph (113km/h). The manufacturer adds that the engine power pack components are readily accessed through walk-in doors on either side of the engine compartment for easier servicing.
Referring to the KAC contract, Jeff Resch, Vice President and General Manager for Oshkosh Airport Products Group, said: “These purchases by the leading airport management group, KAC, are a testament to the new generation Striker vehicle’s capabilities, and we are honoured to have the Striker on duty at Gimpo, Gimhae, and Jeju airports. It is especially gratifying to have these trucks following in the footsteps of two Striker vehicles that have been on duty at KAC-managed airports now for more than a year.”
The South Korean order followed another from southeast Asia as Oshkosh delivered and placed into service five new-generation Strikers and two Pierce custom emergency response vehicles at Changi Airport in Singapore, last autumn. One of the Pierce response vehicles is a custom-built mobile command centre equipped with live video streaming capabilities. The other is an 85-ft (26m) aerial ladder platform.