Defense Industry News - BAE Systems
|BAE Systems Awarded $56 Million From U.S. Marine Corps for RG33 MRAP Work.|
BAE Systems received multiple awards from the U.S. Marine Corps totalling more than $56 million for five separate delivery orders for work on the RG-33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The awards will provide upgrades for MRAP vehicles currently in the field.
“This work is important to ensure that MRAP vehicles deployed with our troops are enhanced to maximize mission effectiveness and are appropriately supported on operations to ensure availability." said Chris Chambers, vice president and general manager of the tactical wheeled vehicles product line at BAE Systems. “Keeping these vehicles capable of performing in increasingly demanding conditions and terrain is paramount, adding to our troops safety and success."
The RG-33 Family of Vehicles (FOV) are highly survivable, mine-resistant vehicles capable of meeting multiple mission profiles with several mission-specific variants. BAE Systems received awards totaling $17.7 million for the delivery of RG-33 SOCOM A1 and AUV vehicles and related equipment and services. Also, funding of $11.8 million was awarded for the delivery of Skydex flooring and Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Window assemblies for selected RG-33 vehicles. The Skydex flooring provides additional ballistic shock protection to the vehicle occupants, while the VEE Window allows soldiers to remove the ballistic rear window in seconds and quickly exit the vehicle in an emergency.
Additional funding in the amount of $5.8 million was awarded for periodic maintenance and updates to the RG-33 FOV technical data package. A total of $14.2 million was awarded to provide instructor and field service personnel in support of vehicle operation and maintenance training and to support and maintain the fielded RG-33 vehicle fleet. It will also support the field upgrade of the RG-33 SOCOM A0 vehicle to the A1 configuration with independent suspension and other vehicle improvements. This allows the vehicle to operate more effectively in the rough terrain of Afghanistan and support mission requirements.
Finally, $7.1 million was awarded to provide a universal MRAP maintenance workforce in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The maintenance workforce will be located in Bagram, Afghanistan with completion expected by December 2011.