US to seek up to 400 MRAPs for Africa Command


The United States Army will in the next few days issue a solicitation for between 19 and 400 new armoured personnel carriers for the US military’s Africa Command.

In a presolicitation notice issued earlier this month, the US Army Contracting Command said it has a requirement for a commercial single brand name and single platform/nameplate armoured personnel carrier (APC) with optimal common spare parts, to support Africom security forces and country Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programmes.

The notice, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, stated that the vehicles must be 2015 or later year models and have a minimum seating capacity for ten passengers. They must also have B7 360-degree ballistic protection (against armour piercing 7.62 mm rounds), 4×4 drivetrain with a V-hull chassis design, manual transmission, mechanically-controlled, high-sulphur (5,000 ppm) diesel engine in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive and operator manuals in English and French or Arabic.

The FBO said the requirement will be solicited as a three year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract in full and open competition. The minimum quantity of vehicles involved is a guaranteed 19 with a maximum of 400 vehicles. The estimated three-year combined vehicle quantities in year one are 155, year two 125, and year three 120.

The solicitation will be issued on or about 31 July this year and responses will be due on or about 21 August.