Innovative protection features enable all vehicles to meet MRAP-level blast protection standards
New Orleans, LA - April 25, 2012 - Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it received a second option award from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., for 65 additional Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA). These vehicles are added to the current Undefinitized Contract Action and have a not-to-exceed value of $71.4 million.
Three variants are being produced: MSFV with enclosed turret; MSFV with objective gunner protection kit; and MSFV ambulance. Work is being performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems' facilities in the New Orleans area, with deliveries now scheduled through May 2013.
Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), in May 2011, received an award for full-rate production of 240 MSFVs along with associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids. The first option for 64 MSFVs was announced two months ago.
Mobile Strike Force Vehicles began arriving into Afghanistan in February. Afghan operator new equipment training commenced earlier this month, and the first ANA battalion (called a Kandak) will complete its vehicle training in June.
"It's gratifying to learn about the Afghan soldiers' enthusiasm as they move through their operator training program," said Tom Walmsley, TM&LS senior vice president and general manager. "They are beginning to understand and experience the MSFV's full range of capabilities-in terms of mobility, firepower, survivability and protection-in the environment where they'll use these vehicles to carry out missions and respond to threats throughout the country."
All Mobile Strike Force Vehicles are derived from the combat-proven M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), and are configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which improves blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels. The ES-equipped vehicles continue to possess the ASV's original, all-important V-shaped hull design, in addition to innovative protection design features that enable them to meet MRAP blast protection standards.
Reliability and supportability of these vehicles for the ANA is reinforced by TM&LS' Total Package Fielding concept, which includes technical manuals, spares, and comprehensive operator and maintenance training.
Textron Marine & Land Systems has delivered more than 3,800 M1117 ASVs and related configurations to the U.S. Army and other military forces including Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia and Bulgaria. These vehicles have consistently achieved exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates greater than 90 percent over the life of the U.S. Army program. Textron Marine & Land Systems also has maintained on-time ASV deliveries to the U.S. Army since the ramp up to rate production in 2005.
About Textron Marine & Land Systems
Textron Marine & Land Systems designs, produces and supports advanced wheeled combat vehicles and cutting-edge maritime craft used by U.S. and international armed forces, as well as civilian entities around the globe. Its family of Armored Security Vehicles offers enhanced survivability and highly mobile combat security vehicles with unmatched capabilities. Textron Marine & Land Systems' innovative turret technology and related subsystems also deliver outstanding performance and reliability. Its strategic business, MillenWorks, operates an Engineering Center of Excellence with a reputation as a highly sought-after solution center, which designs and develops advanced mobility solutions for demanding on- and off-road applications. Textron Marine & Land Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textronmarineandland.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
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