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BAE contracted for B-kit armor upgrades

Feb. 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM   |   Comments

SEALY, Texas, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a follow-on contract for the delivery of additional tactical-vehicle armor kits to strengthen protections for troops.

British company BAE was awarded the contract to support the Long-Term Armor Strategy-configured Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. Under the $190 million deal, BAE will deliver more than 5,100 of its B-kit armor upgrades for integration with the FMTV.

Officials said that by installing the B-kits, the FMTV can operate with increased protection during periods when threat levels are higher.

"This contract demonstrates the U.S. Army's commitment to the Long-Term Armor Strategy and the Army's confidence in the performance and adaptability of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles," Chris Chambers, BAE vice president of medium/heavy vehicles, said in a statement.

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