While line extensions are a matter of course in the auto industry—you know, variations in powertrains, trim level, whatnot—things are significantly hard core in the defense industry.
Consider the Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle (M-TAV) lineup from Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corp.
First, there are two multi-mission models, the M-ATV Standard and the M-ATV Extended. The former is for various offensive and defensive missions off-road; the latter has additional troop and equipment capacity.
Both feature things like the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system and integrated cab crew protection.
But then there are the variants for the MRAPs. As in:
M-ATV Standard Base (SXB)
M-ATV Standard Upgrade (SXU)
M-ATV Standard Special Forces (SXF)
M-ATV Extended Intervention (EXI)
M-ATV Extended Engineer (EXE)
M-ATV Extended Command (EXC)
We’re betting that there’s a whole lot more to this than new front and rear fascias and dark headlight surrounds.
(If you want to learn more about the development of MRAPs, check out this story from Automotive Design & Production.)