BAE Systems awarded M-ATV armour contract


BAE Systems has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Plasan North America to provide armouring solutions and components for MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) bound for deployment in Afghanistan.

The contract with Plasan underscores BAE Systems on-going and long-standing commitment to American troops and the MRAP programme, the company said in a statement.

“Our history of support for the MRAP program ranges from designing and developing three MRAP variants, to supplying critical components on every MRAP platform, including-with the Plasan contract-the M-ATV,” said Tony Russell, president of BAE Systems’ Security & Survivability business.

As a subcontractor, BAE Systems will be working directly with Plasan which is providing M-ATV armouring kits to the Oshkosh Corporation to fulfill its contract with the US Army TACOM LCMC.

“The partnership between BAE Systems and Plasan represents the first of what we believe will be many collaborative efforts between our two companies. Together, we are focused on ensuring the vehicles we collectively armour do their job and keep our service men and women well protected on the battlefield,” added Russell.

Plasan, with headquarters in Israel, is a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armour solutions. “We are proud to take part and support Oshkosh and the US Military’s efforts to protect American troops, and we are proud to have BAE Systems on this vital program,” said Dani Ziv, CEO, Plasan. “Plasan developed a strong and dedicated supply chain that supports this exceptional program, and we are happy to share our business success with our partners in order to benefit the war fighters,” added Ziv.

Work on the contract will begin this month at BAE Systems’ production facilities in Fairfield, Ohio.

Oshkosh has meanwhile received an additional $438 million award for 1000 more M-ATV.

This is the fifth award Oshkosh has received to supply M-ATVs and brings the total number of vehicles Oshkosh will deliver to 6,219. The aggregate amount of the five awards is valued at more than $3.2 billion.

“The most significant way we can show support for our Armed Forces is high rate, quality production of these important vehicles that provide the mobility and survivability necessary for the harsh Afghanistan terrain,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer.

“Additionally, through our extensive network of aftermarket services, we are supporting the vehicles in-theater with parts supply and field service representative support.”

Since receiving the initial award on June 30, 2009, Oshkosh has delivered ahead of its contracted, accelerated delivery schedule every month and will ramp production up to 1,000 vehicles per month in December.

Existing Oshkosh Defense manufacturing facilities have available production capacity for all current and pending military vehicle programmes, including M-ATV and the US Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), as well as any surges in production.