Defense Industry News - Textron Marine & Land Systems
Monday, January 31, 2011, 17:01 PM
M1117 ASV Armoured Security vehicle Guardian for the Afghan army.
In late January 2011, Textron Marine & Land Systems in Slidell, LA received a $42.5 million firm-fixed-price contract to test of 23 M1117 ASV family armored cars, “as well as 50 vehicles being produced for the Afghanistan National Army.”
Work will be performed in Slidell, LA, with an estimated completion date of Dec 31/11. One bid was solicited with one bid received by the U.S. Army TACOM LCMC in Warren, MI (W56HZV-11-C0114). Asked for further elaboration, a Textron spokesman said:
”...I cannot elaborate at this time on which variants are being provided to the ANA. All I can say is that the ASV family of vehicles performs a wide variety of missions, and we expect multiple variants will be given to the ANA.”
The M1117 is already in use in Afghanistan, with the US Army (esp. Military Police) and with Bulgarian forces. Its combined .50 cal/ 40mm grenade turret offers more firepower than a Humvee, and its shape and construction offer more protection from land mine blasts, albeit less than full MRAP vehicles.