CHARLOTTE, Mich., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Michigan's Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc. has been given a subcontract by BAE Systems to support production of 32 armored utility vehicles.
Under the subcontract, the custom chassis manufacturer will supply and integrate key chassis components for the U.S. Special Operations Command MRAP vehicles.
Deliveries will begin next March and continue through July 2011. Additionally, Spartan will support suspension upgrades for enhanced mobility of more than 200 MRAP variants previously produced by BAE Systems.
"This subcontract is another win for our U.S. forces that are in harm's way," said John Sztykiel, president and chief executive officer of Spartan Motors. "Countering the significant threat posed by improvised explosive devices remains a constant battle every day in Afghanistan. Just as in Iraq, these specialized armored vehicles will assist our servicemen and women in accomplishing their missions safely.
"Subcontract awards such as this one validate the technical innovation and operational strengths of Spartan's defense and government business unit. Fulfilling smaller orders with greater product variation in a short timeframe is our niche."
The value of the award wasn't disclosed.
Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.