Textron to build 135 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles for Afghan Army


Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) has been awarded a $113.4 million contract from the U.S.Army to produce an additional 135 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) for the Afghan National Army (ANA).

The vehicles are being contracted through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. TM&LS was awarded a contract for Mobile Strike Force Vehicle full-rate production in May 2011. To date a total of 499 vehicles have been produced. More than 300 of these vehicles have been delivered, and are either in operations with ANA kandaks (battalions) or being fielded as part of a comprehensive in-country vehicle logistics support and operator training program, TM&LS said in a statement.
“Several kandaks are fully trained and beginning to stand up Afghanistan’s quick reaction force capability,” explained Tom Walmsley, TM&LS senior vice president and general manager. “These vehicles deliver a combination of lethality, survivability, mobility and sustainability crucial to the Army’s ability to effectively respond to security threats and maintain the peace.”

General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Chief of General Staff of the ANA, speaking February 6 at the International Armoured Vehicles Conference in Farnborough, UK, said high-end armoured capabilities are “critical to the survival of the state to develop capabilities to fight insurgents.”

General Karimi also commented that the MSFV has been “significantly upgraded from the original design to make it more survivable in the IED environment.”

Part of the TM&LS Commando Select line of armoured vehicles, the MSFV is derived from the combat-proven M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV). All MSFVs are configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which increases blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels, Textron said. The ES-equipped vehicles continue to possess the ASV’s original, all-important V-shaped hull design, in addition to protection design features that enable them to meet MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) blast protection standards, TM&LS added.