Textron to rebuild M1117 vehicles

Nov. 4, 2008 at 4:23 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Textron Marine & Land Systems to extend the life of battle-damaged armored vehicles through complete refurbishment.

New Orleans-based Textron received the contract from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. Under the $4.6 million deal, Textron will rebuild 12 of the Army's M1117 Armored Security Vehicles.

As part of the refurbishment operations, Textron will be expected to reset the battle-damaged 4X4 M1117 vehicles to a like-new condition. Officials say during the rebuilding process Textron also will integrate the latest technology and armor advancements.

"The Armored Security Vehicle proves itself in combat every day, and we're proud of its record of supporting and protecting our soldiers," Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley said in a statement.

"The fact that we are progressing with phase II of this reset program is a testament to the quality of the Armored Security Vehicles product and the people who build, maintain and now work to reset these vehicles for return to combat."

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