Sunday, May 16, 2010

BAE Systems Receives $5 Million U.S. Army Contract for Patriot Vehicles

Defense News:
HOUSTON, Texas - BAE Systems today announced the award of a $5.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to manufacture 24 Patriot support vehicles for Taiwan. These vehicles will be configured on the Long-Term Armor Solution (LTAS) equipped Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

The LTAS system, specifically designed for the FMTV by BAE Systems, is comprised of the ready for armor cab, or A-Cab, and appliqué armor, or B-kit. The A-Cab configuration allows crews to operate the FMTV in on- and off-road, non-tactical and low-threat tactical environments with minimal vehicle weight. The crews can increase their protection during periods of increased threat levels by installing the B-kits.

"Our LTAS equipped FMTV Patriot vehicles demonstrate BAE Systems' distinctive flexibility to support the continued modernization of the Patriot Batteries," said Dennis Morris, president of Global Tactical Systems, BAE Systems. "While maintaining a high level of tactical mobility, the vehicles provide a new level of protection and capability for the Patriot program."

Under this contract BAE Systems will manufacture eight Specially Modified Long Wheel Base Chassis, nine cargo vehicles and seven tractors. The vehicles will be produced in Sealy, Texas and delivered to the Army by December 2010.

BAE Systems' Sealy facility is a world-class designer, volume manufacturer and through-life supporter of high-quality, best value military tactical vehicles.

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

Mike Teegardin, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 281 616 6112 Mobile: +1 281 450 9652

Davy Kong
Tel: +1 713 770 6172 Mobile: +1 281 630 0649