LADSON, S.C., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army announced it has contracted South Carolina-based Force Protection Inc. for additional Buffalo mine-protected vehicles.
Force Protection is a manufacturer of the Cougar and Buffalo mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles that provide protection against landmines, hostile fire and improvised explosive devices.
The company has more than 140 Buffalo vehicles in route clearance missions in Iraq and Afghanistan with more than 1,000 vehicles produced over the past four years to support U.S. and coalition military operations.
Under the $22.3 million U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command contract, Force Protection will produce an additional 29 Buffalo MRAP vehicles.
"We are gratified to note the critical role the Buffalo continues to fill for our armed forces," Force Protection President Michael Moody said in a statement. "Since 2003, this vehicle has been used by route clearance teams to make thousands of miles of road safer for our troops. We are extremely pleased to know that the Buffalo will continue to support the war fighter in this important mission."