BAE Systems Receives Contract To Support Special Operations MRAP

BAE Sys­tems Receives Con­tract Mod­i­fi­ca­tions Total­ing $170 Mil­lion To Sup­port Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed Vehi­cle Pro­gram
YORK, Penn­syl­va­nia — BAE Sys­tems has received deliv­ery orders from the U.S. Marine Corps Sys­tems Com­mand worth $170 mil­lion to pro­duce 32 U.S. Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand (SOCOM) Armored Util­i­ty Vehi­cles (AUV) and pro­vide major upgrades to exist­ing vehi­cles. The U.S. SOCOM AUV is one of sev­er­al Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed (MRAP) vari­ants based on the RG33 fam­i­ly of vehi­cles.

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle
Mine Resis­tant Ambush Pro­tect­ed Vehi­cle
Source: BAE Sys­tems

To date, BAE Sys­tems has pro­duced near­ly 350 SOCOM MRAP vehi­cles. In total, BAE Sys­tems has pro­duced more than 6,400 MRAP vehi­cles to sup­port urgent needs in Iraq and Afghanistan and through near­ly $5 bil­lion in con­tract awards for the pro­duc­tion and ser­vice of MRAP vehi­cles to date.

Upgrades will be per­formed on near­ly 250 SOCOM vehi­cles to incor­po­rate new inde­pen­dent sus­pen­sion sys­tems and oth­er design improve­ments to ensure supe­ri­or mobil­i­ty and per­for­mance over rocky and steep ter­rain. This work demon­strates how BAE Sys­tems’ sup­port and ser­vice capa­bil­i­ties are meet­ing the cur­rent and future require­ments to pro­tect troops dur­ing com­bat mis­sions.

“Upgrad­ing the vehi­cles will pro­vide our forces with the lat­est vehi­cle enhance­ments,” said Ann Hoholick, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of New Vehi­cles and Amphibi­ous Sys­tems for BAE Sys­tems. “We will pro­duce 32 new vehi­cles with the improve­ments already built-in, so the entire fleet of SOCOM vehi­cles will be ful­ly mod­ern­ized and upgrad­ed.”

The MRAP SOCOM vehi­cles are com­prised of sev­er­al unique fea­tures designed to meet the robust require­ments of the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand, includ­ing a remote weapon sta­tion, swing arm mount and a rear door assist.

Pro­duc­tion prepa­ra­tions for the new vehi­cles is begin­ning at BAE Sys­tems facil­i­ties in York, Penn­syl­va­nia; Fair­field, Ohio; and Aiken, South Car­oli­na, and at Spar­tan Motors Chas­sis’ facil­i­ty in Char­lotte, Michi­gan. Deliv­er­ies are sched­uled to begin in March 2011 and run through July 2011.

BAE Sys­tems has built more than 2,200 RG33 MRAP vehi­cles to date that incor­po­rate eight dif­fer­ent vari­ants, all of which have been suc­cess­ful­ly field­ed in com­bat zones across the globe. The unique adapt­abil­i­ty of the base vehicle’s design has allowed for vari­ants to include a Heavy Armored Ground Ambu­lance and an Armored Util­i­ty Vehi­cle.

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:

Stephanie Bis­sell Serk­hoshi­an, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3522 Mobile: +1 703 785‑7891
stephanie.serkhoshian@baesystems.com

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