BAE Systems to Provide New Track Systems for Australia’s M113 Vehicles

ANNISTON, Alaba­ma — BAE Sys­tems was award­ed a $14 mil­lion con­tract to pro­vide T150F track link assem­blies and sprock­ets that will be used on upgrad­ed M113 vehi­cles in Aus­tralia.

The T150F track is a part of BAE Sys­tems robust Readi­ness and Sus­tain­ment spares capa­bil­i­ties. The T150F is a dou­ble pin track sys­tem that improves vehi­cle per­for­mance and dura­bil­i­ty for the M113 and oth­er light­weight vehi­cles.

“The new track sys­tem pro­vides our cus­tomer with low­er life cycle cost, greater reli­a­bil­i­ty and improved per­for­mance,” said Robert Hous­ton, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of Readi­ness & Sus­tain­ment at BAE Sys­tems. “It is our goal to sup­ply prod­ucts and equip­ment that help save lives and also pro­vide great val­ue.”

Work on the track shoes will take place at the BAE Sys­tems’ Annis­ton, Alaba­ma facil­i­ty by the exist­ing work­force and is expect­ed to be com­plete in July 2011. The con­tract was award­ed by Australia’s Defence Materiel Organ­i­sa­tion office based in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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.

BAE Sys­tems man­u­fac­tures the T150F track and M113 vehi­cle through its U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems busi­ness. U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems is a mod­ern, effi­cient, full-spec­trum devel­op­er, inte­gra­tor and sup­pli­er of sur­viv­able, lethal ground and naval com­bat plat­forms. U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems is also a main sup­pli­er to the U.S. Army’s Heavy Brigade Com­bat Teams, an inte­gral devel­op­er of mine-pro­tect­ed and future com­bat vehi­cles and a top pro­duc­er of naval guns and mis­sile launch­ers.

BAE Sys­tems is Australia’s largest defense com­pa­ny, employ­ing more than 6,000 peo­ple who sup­port cus­tomers at 100 loca­tions across Aus­tralia. As a glob­al com­pa­ny, BAE Sys­tems draws on the resources and strengths of its peo­ple around the world to help deliv­er the most effi­cient, val­ue-for-mon­ey solu­tions to the Aus­tralian Defence Force.

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).

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