Army orders BAE dump trucks

April 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

HOUSTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a contract modification to include tactical dump trucks based on its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles platform.

British company BAE said its Sealy, Texas-based facility will produce 500 of the company's FMTV 10-ton dump trucks as part of the contract modification. FMTV dump trucks are designed with BAE's new long-term armor-strategy configuration.

Officials said the FMTV dump trucks have twice the payload capacity as the present vehicles and will be delivered as part of a contract worth up to $128.4 million if all options are exercised.

"We continue to respond rapidly to the needs of the U.S. Army," Chris Chambers, vice president and general manager for BAE Global Tactical Systems programs, said in a statement.

"This contract modification will see the fielding of the highly effective dump truck in the long-term armor-strategy configuration, significantly increasing its adaptability."

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