New BAE Systems global tactical vehicle makes its debut

BAE Systems has unveiled a new Euro V compliant Global Tactical Vehicle (GTV) at this week’s Defence Systems & Equipment International 2009 (DSEi) exhibition in London.
The GTV is the latest addition to the company`s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck range, of which 45 000 are in US service alone.
“The GTV maximizes tactical mobility and operational capability while meeting stringent emission control regulations,” says Dennis Morris, BAE Systems President, Global Tactical Systems.
He adds that the GTV combines a combat-proven operational pedigree with the latest environmental technology.  
“This is a new generation of military vehicles.”
The European Union`s Euro V emission control regulations on engine design call for lower levels of carbon particulates, nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide and unburnt hydrocarbons.
The GTV also features the Long Term Armour Solution (LTAS). The key benefit of the LTAS solution is that it allows for rapid conversion from a performance truck to a highly protected tactical armoured vehicle without compromising load capability, mission certainty or weight-related safety.
The GTV also includes seats and seating restraints meeting current international safety legislation. The GTV features the Mine Blast Resistant Seat (MBRS) and 4-point restraint system, which is easily modified to accept a 5-point restraint and is produced by BAE Systems` Security & Survivability business. The MBRS is easily resettable and lightweight, and integrates the energy absorbing system into the seat itself.
With more than $7 Million in orders to date, the MBRS is designed to fit a wide variety of vehicles and is proving to be successful in the global defense market.
BAE Systems to fight US army contract loss
Meanwhile, BAE Systems says it is fighting a decision by the United States Army to award a multi-billion dollar tactical truck contract to a competitor, saying the military did not judge its proposals fairly.
The company said in a statement that it had filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office, asking it to review the decision. BAE’s shares fell around 4 % when the ruling was announced last month.
“After a detailed analysis of the information provided by the army, the company believes that the army did not properly evaluate the proposals,” BAE said in a statement.
BAE will continue to produce vehicles for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program until the end of 2010, but had planned for the contract to be extended.