Saturday, October 30, 2010

BAE to Extend Life of 552 Bradley Vehicles

BAE Systems will extend the lives of 552 Bradley Fighting Vehicles by replacing old and damaged components under a $91 million contract modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

“Bradley Combat Systems continues to serve at the forefront of U.S. Army operations around the world,” said Joe McCarthy, vice president of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team at BAE Systems. “The Readiness and Sustainment support we provide to and for our customers through the vehicle reset process keeps this highly survivable combat system in the field helping soldiers successfully complete their missions.”

The reset process includes replacing obsolete equipment with updated components, restoring the vehicle to pre-combat condition. In addition, the reset of the Bradley vehicles will incorporate a variety of survivability enhancements.

BAE Systems has refurbished more than 3,390 vehicles since 2007 through robust readiness and sustainment activities. The contract modification is in addition to another contract the company received in March 2010 for $145 million, along with earlier funding of $242.5 million. Work will be performed by the company’s existing workforce at its facilities in Fayette and York, Pennsylvania, as well as the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas. Vehicle deliveries began in August 2010 and are anticipated to end in October 2011.

Bradley Combat Systems continue to provide outstanding survivability, mobility, and lethality to U.S. soldiers in close-combat urban situations as well as in open-combat. The Bradley fulfills five critical mission roles – infantry fighting vehicle, cavalry fighting vehicle, fire support vehicle, command vehicles and engineer squad vehicle – for the Army’s Heavy Brigade Combat Teams.

BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports Bradley Combat Systems 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.

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