Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced that its Oshkosh Snozzle® high-reach extendable turret (HRET) is now equipped with several enhancements. Renowned for its ability to keep firefighters further away from danger, the Oshkosh Snozzle HRET’s new features improve performance, ergonomics, and serviceability.
“The Oshkosh Snozzle HRET is a game-changing firefighting technology that has proven its mettle with firefighting forces on four continents and at many of the world’s largest airports. Now, with its all-new electronics software package, the entire new system has been integrated into the Striker ARFF line,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products vice president and general manager. “Plus, we’ve incorporated several hardware and software design upgrades that result in smoother operation, easier troubleshooting and enhanced reliability.”
Available on the Oshkosh Striker vehicle’s full range of 4 X 4, 6 X 6 and 8 X 8 models, the Snozzle HRET features 50-or 65-foot lengths and can be equipped with a penetrating nozzle, and color or forward-looking infrared cameras that enable firefighters to discharge from 1.5 meters (5 feet) below grade to elevations as high as 19.8 meters (65 feet).
The electronic control system is now integrated into the chassis Controller Area Network (CAN bus) for enhanced troubleshooting, easier servicing and enhanced reliability. The hardened carbide steel tip features an updated hydraulic rotary actuator, an increase range of motion (up to 280º), longer piercing depth and a decreased overall width for better visibility. Inside the cab, a new control module feature simplifies operator controls and provides smoother operation.
“We are the world’s leading producer of HRETs, and have close to 100 units in service,” added Resch. “This portfolio of upgrades demonstrates our commitment to keep the Oshkosh Snozzle at the leading edge of firefighting technology.”