BAE helps Iraq with military vehicles

June 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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ANNISTON, Ala., June 27 (UPI) -- BAE Systems is helping field more than 1,000 armored vehicles for the Iraqi Army under a $14.2 million contract from the U.S. Army.

Under the award from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, in support of a Foreign Military Sale, BAE will provide field service representatives to support the transition activities of 1,026 refurbished M113A2s and 21 refurbished M88A1s to the Iraqis.

Work will include maintenance support and training to the crews and units that will operate and maintain the equipment.

"We have provided this type of support to U.S. allies and partners for decades, and understand the importance of helping to increase capabilities for the Iraqi Army," said Robert Houston, vice president of the Readiness and Sustainment business at BAE Systems. "The training and support we are providing will give Iraqi soldiers the knowledge and confidence they need to operate this U.S. equipment."

BAE said the contract builds on earlier work BAE completed in support of foreign military sales to Iraq. Under previous contracts, BAE Systems delivered 618 Iraqi Light Armored Vehicles and eight M88A2 Heavy Recovery Vehicles to the U.S. Government in support of Iraq's Armed Forces.

BAE Systems is also providing training and field service representatives to support Iraq's fielding of the M88A2s.

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