ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Marine Corps Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in Afghanistan will receive ongoing maintenance, updates and repairs from BAE Systems.
Under a $21.9 million award, BAE fields 48 personnel in Afghanistan who will work on upgrading, repairing and maintaining all MRAP vehicles. The workforce will ensure troops have ongoing, sustained field support with the latest safety technology.
"This contract allows us to continue the important work of supporting our troops overseas," said Chris Chambers, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems' Tactical Wheeled Vehicles product line. "We consider their mission to be our mission."
BAE Systems will perform all work on this contract in Afghanistan, with completion expected by December 2012.
"Protecting the lives of our brave young men and women is something we take very seriously and expanding our labor force will aid in soldiers' and Marines' safety and success abroad," said Robert Houston, vice president of Support and Technical Services at BAE Systems.
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