Textron will delivered 255 mobile strike force vehicles to Afghanistan

Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been awarded a $332,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of up to 255 mobile strike force vehicles for the Afghan National Army and related fielding hardware and field representative services for system de-processing.

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A Mobile Strike Force Vehicle, transporting Afghan commandos assigned to the Mobile Strike Force Vehicle Company, gets into position after participating in convoy training near Kabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2014. (Photo U.S. MoD)

The Mobile Strike Force Vehicle (MSFV) is a 4x4 armoured vehicle developed by Textron Marine & Land Systems for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA), under the US Army's MSFV programme. The MSFV variants with a standard turret can be mounted with 40mm grenade machine gun / 50 calibre machine gun and a smoke grenade launcher.

The first 18 production MSFVs, consisting of three variants, were shipped to Afghanistan in November 2011. All three variations underwent rigorous tests at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) prior to delivery.

The US Army began the fielding of MSFVs for the ANA in February 2012. The MSFVs are deployed into the quick reaction force (QRF) battalions (known as kandaks in Afghan) of the ANA.

Since May 2011, Textron Marine & Land Systems has received orders for a total of 634 vehicles to-date. The orders include test MSFVs and low-rate initial production vehicles.

The MSFV is being produced in three variants, including the MSFV armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the standard 40mm/.50 calibre machine-gun turret, an APC with objective gunner protection kit (OGPK) and a raised hull ambulance variant.

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