BAE Systems Awarded $31 Million to Refurbish M113A2s for Iraq

ANNISTON, Alaba­ma – BAE Sys­tems in part­ner­ship with the Annis­ton Army Depot (ANAD) are refur­bish­ing 440 M113A2 armored per­son­nel car­ri­ers for Iraq through a for­eign mil­i­tary sales con­tract worth more than $31 mil­lion.

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BAE Sys­tems M113A2 Armored Per­son­nel Car­ri­er

“The M113 refur­bish­ment will give the Iraqi Army a capa­bil­i­ty which is rel­e­vant to a vari­ety of threat envi­ron­ments,” said Joe McCarthy, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of Com­bat Vehi­cles at BAE Sys­tems. “We have been export­ing and doing upgrade work on M113s for decades. This new work builds upon our great part­ner­ship with Annis­ton Army Depot.”

The refur­bish­ment of the M113 vehi­cles includes replac­ing old and dam­aged equip­ment with updat­ed com­po­nents and restor­ing the vehi­cles to ful­ly mis­sion capa­ble con­di­tion. Work on the M113 refur­bish­ment will be com­plet­ed by April 2012 and is being per­formed at the company’s Annis­ton, Alaba­ma facil­i­ty by the exist­ing work­force. ANAD is assist­ing with part of the refur­bish­ment work.

BAE Sys­tems and Annis­ton Army Depot have the longest stand­ing Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship in the Army,” said U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Rogers (R-AL), “I’m proud of the work that both do and in this tough econ­o­my, it’s great to see the lead­ers of indus­try and the Army con­tin­ue to part­ner and keep our mil­i­tary strong while pro­vid­ing the resources nec­es­sary for both the warfight­ers and our allies to help defend our free­doms.”

Accord­ing to the ANAD Busi­ness Man­age­ment Office, “the M113 fam­i­ly of vehi­cle part­ner­ing pro­gram pro­vides a great exam­ple of how to main­tain and strength­en the defense indus­tri­al base. It uti­lizes the strengths of both the organ­ic and indus­tri­al base to pro­vide the best prod­uct for both the war fight­ers and our allies. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work on future efforts.”

Under a sep­a­rate effort, BAE Sys­tems will pro­vide mate­ri­als to ANAD to refur­bish 586 M113A2s also bound for Iraq. In addi­tion, BAE Sys­tems is also pro­vid­ing field ser­vice sup­port and equip­ment train­ers to help with field­ing the equip­ment to the Iraqi Army.

The M113 is part of the largest fam­i­ly of armored tracked vehi­cles in the world and includes more than 80,000 vehi­cles world­wide with 40 vari­ants. It can trans­port 12 troops plus a dri­ver and is capa­ble of amphibi­ous oper­a­tion, extend­ed cross-coun­try trav­el over rough ter­rain and high-speed oper­a­tion on improved roads and high­ways.

This award builds upon ear­li­er work BAE Sys­tems has com­plet­ed in sup­port of for­eign mil­i­tary sales to Iraq. Under sep­a­rate con­tracts, BAE Sys­tems has deliv­ered 618 Iraqi Light Armored Vehi­cles and eight M88A2 Heavy Recov­ery Vehi­cles to the U.S. Gov­ern­ment in sup­port of Iraq’s Armed Forces. BAE Sys­tems is also pro­vid­ing train­ing and field ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives to sup­port Iraq’s field­ing of the M88A2s. Total orders for Iraq secu­ri­ty assis­tance con­tracts and work direc­tives in 2011 totalled more than $60 mil­lion.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
Shan­non Book­er, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3545 Mobile: +1 703 967 3854
shannon.booker@baesystems.com

Source:
BAE Sys­tems

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