Tuesday, August 3, 2010

U.S. Army to get 73 Additional M1117 and M1200 Armored Vehicles

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, today announced a firm-fixed-price contract award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for additional M1117 Armored Security Vehicles (ASV) and M1200 Armored Knights.

The award, valued at $49,808,772, exercises options for 52 M1117 ASVs, 21 M1200 Armored Knights, and 12 special tool sets with Textron Marine & Land Systems. Work is to be performed in the New Orleans area, with an estimated completion date of February, 2012.

“The ASV provides the highest level of mobility and survivability to successfully carry out a wide range of combat mission roles for the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. “Our team is continually working to build the best military vehicle possible to protect the warfighters serving our country.”

The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant crew protection through the employment of multiple layers of armor, defending against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and land mines. The ASV possesses superior mobility, agility, handling and ride quality through the utilization of a four-wheel independent suspension system.

The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates over the life of the U.S. Army program as vehicles log more than 30,000 miles per year in combat operations. Textron Marine & Land Systems has achieved more than 58 consecutive months of on-time delivery to the U.S. Army on the ASV program, and has delivered more than 2,700 ASVs to the U.S. Army to-date.

The ASV family of vehicles performs a wide variety of missions including scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control and maintenance. U.S. Army ASV missions include operations with the Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M1200 ASV configuration.

Textron Marine & Land Systems specializes in the design, production and support of advanced marine craft, armored combat vehicles, turrets and related subsystems. Through its MillenWorks strategic business, Textron Marine & Land Systems designs and develops advanced mobility solutions for demanding on- and off-road applications. Textron Marine & Land Systems serves military and commercial customers domestically and internationally, and is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company.

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