Textron reaches armored vehicle milestone

June 3, 2009 at 3:48 PM

NEW ORLEANS , June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. company Textron Marine & Land Systems announced a milestone achievement with its 2,000th Armored Security Vehicle rolling off the assembly line.

Textron says its New Orleans-based Armored Security Vehicle production facility was the site of the milestone completion of the 2,000 vehicle. Officials say the production mark was recognized by the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command who deploys the vehicles.

The Armored Security Vehicle is a 4X4 vehicle designed to help protect troops from small arms fire, artillery fragments, and land mines among other threats in combat zones.

The "Armored Security Vehicle program has been outstanding because of the dedication of the people here at Textron Marine & Land Systems who put their efforts into making the best vehicle possible for our troops," Tom Walmsley, Textron Marine & Land Systems general manager, said in a statement.

"The vehicle designed and built here has protected thousands of soldiers doing their duty in operations all over the world."

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