BAE Systems Receives $629 Million Contract to Upgrade Caiman MRAP

HOUSTON, Texas-BAE Sys­tems has been award­ed a $629 mil­lion con­tract from the U.S. Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed (MRAP) Joint Pro­gram Office (JPO) to upgrade 1,700 Caiman MRAP vehi­cles. This award demon­strates how BAE Sys­tems’ Readi­ness and Sus­tain­ment capa­bil­i­ties are sup­port­ing the customer’s cur­rent and future require­ments by rapid­ly improv­ing prod­uct per­for­mance to pro­tect troops dur­ing com­bat mis­sions.

Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV)
Caiman Mul­ti-Ter­rain Vehi­cle (MTV)
BAE Sys­tems

The upgrad­ed vehi­cle, called the Caiman Mul­ti-Ter­rain Vehi­cle (MTV), inte­grates a refur­bished and improved armored cap­sule from an exist­ing Caiman with a new high-pow­er auto­mo­tive pow­er train, chas­sis and inde­pen­dent sus­pen­sion. These enhance­ments will pro­vide greater lev­els of mobil­i­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty nec­es­sary for chal­leng­ing and var­ied envi­ron­ments and ene­my threats.

“The Caiman MTV meets the urgent and endur­ing needs of our troops for greater mobil­i­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty,” said Den­nis Mor­ris, pres­i­dent, BAE Sys­tems Glob­al Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems. “The Caiman MTV is a very adapt­able con­fig­u­ra­tion that can be cus­tomized to meet a vari­ety of mis­sions, and we look for­ward to get­ting these to the field.”

BAE Sys­tems intro­duced the Caiman MTV ear­li­er this year fol­low­ing a rapid design and devel­op­ment pro­gram to respond to user needs. Caiman MTV pro­vides an effec­tive com­bi­na­tion of inte­ri­or capac­i­ty, tac­ti­cal mobil­i­ty, oper­a­tor com­fort and sur­viv­abil­i­ty.

Caiman MTV achieves greater sur­viv­abil­i­ty through an enhanced mono­lith­ic floor, a strength­ened chas­sis frame and high­ly effec­tive blast absorb­ing seats. The vehicle’s improved mobil­i­ty is achieved with a greater vehi­cle track width, a strong inde­pen­dent sus­pen­sion and an upgrad­ed pow­er­train. Caiman MTV pro­vides opti­mum sta­bil­i­ty, agili­ty, pay­load and pow­er-to-weight for a tac­ti­cal vehi­cle of its size, deliv­er­ing to the user a high lev­el of per­for­mance in mul­ti­ple envi­ron­ments and ter­rain. The upgrad­ed inte­ri­or includes an upgrad­ed HVAC tem­per­a­ture con­trol sys­tem to pro­tect sol­diers and crit­i­cal com­put­er equip­ment from hot and cold extremes.

Under the con­tract, the dri­ve­able rolling chas­sis will be pro­duced in Sealy, TX and deliv­ered to the JPO start­ing in Novem­ber 2010 with final inte­gra­tion being com­plet­ed joint­ly by BAE Sys­tems’ and U.S. Gov­ern­ment per­son­nel. BAE Sys­tems is active­ly sup­port­ing the sus­tain­ment of MRAP vehi­cles in the­ater with field ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives serv­ing direct­ly along­side our ser­vice mem­bers.

For more infor­ma­tion, pho­tos and videos about Caiman MTV, vis­it

About BAE Sys­tems

BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US $36.2 bil­lion).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact

Lisa Hillary-Tee, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 907 8253 Mobile: +1 571 296 8237

Davy Kong, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 713 770 6172 Mobile: +1 281 630 0649


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