BAE Systems Receives $7 Million Order to Armor MIlitary Trucks

CINCINNATI, Ohio — BAE Sys­tems announced today that it has received a $7 mil­lion order from Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­i­ca (DTNA) to pro­duce armor kits for M915A5 mil­i­tary line haul trac­tors.

U.S. Army and reserve units often use M915 series line haul trac­tors to trans­port need­ed troop sup­plies from ocean ports to divi­sion sup­port areas with­in a the­atre of oper­a­tion. Work­ing with DTNA, BAE Sys­tems devel­oped an armor pack­age for the M915A5 mod­el, con­sist­ing of both an A‑kit and B‑kit.

This order is for 380 A‑kits, which includes a rein­forced armored cab and chas­sis engi­neered to pro­vide addi­tion­al pro­tec­tion to sol­diers inside the vehi­cle, as well as sup­port the added weight of sup­ple­men­tal armor panels. 

“This work shows how BAE Sys­tems, as a lead­ing design­er, devel­op­er and pro­duc­er of sur­viv­abil­i­ty sys­tems, is able to lever­age its exper­tise and work with orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­i­ca to pro­duce armored vehi­cles that are pro­tect­ing U.S. troops serv­ing in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Don Dut­ton, Vice Pres­i­dent of BAE Sys­tems’ Plat­form Sur­viv­abil­i­ty business. 

BAE Sys­tems received an ini­tial $32 mil­lion con­tract for M915A5 A‑kits from DTNA in Sep­tem­ber 2009. 

The com­pa­ny also pro­duces B‑kits for M915A5 trucks as deter­mined and request­ed by the U.S. Army. The B‑kit con­sists of field installed, cus­tomiz­able and remov­able armor pan­els which inter­face with the A‑kit to pro­vide max­i­mum pro­tec­tion to the crew. 

BAE Sys­tems’ Cincin­nati-based Plat­form Sur­viv­abil­i­ty busi­ness is a lead­ing provider of pro­tec­tion, secu­ri­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty sys­tems. It is a tech­nol­o­gy leader in light­weight mate­ri­als, includ­ing com­pos­ites, ceram­ic and trans­par­ent armor tech­nolo­gies, inte­grat­ed vehi­cle armor sys­tems, vehi­cle and air­craft sur­viv­abil­i­ty com­po­nents and acces­sories. With the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces, it pri­or­i­tizes the design, devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of lead­ing edge sur­viv­abil­i­ty prod­ucts, through the inte­gra­tion of advanced mate­ri­als into man­u­fac­tur­ing, rig­or­ous prod­uct test­ing, and field trials. 

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 

Jen­nifer Robin­son, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 513 341 4073 Mobile: +1 513 833 5389

BAE Systems 

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