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Cougar MRAPs getting improved exit kits

The U.S. Marine Corp is contracting a General Dynamics company to improve emergency exiting from Cougar armored vehicles.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 31, 2014 at 3:52 PM   |   Comments

March 31 (UPI) -- Upgraded exit kits for Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles are to be developed and produced by General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection.

The firm-fixed-price award for 916 kits is being awarded to the South Carolina-based company by the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., the Department of Defense said.

The contract is worth $74,655,710.

The emergency egress kits, in support of the Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Program Manager, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, will include: front doors; rear doors; rear steps; and exhaust.

The upgrades are needed to increase survivability for the user in the case of an attack or accident, the Department of Defense said.

Work on the contract will be performed at the company facility in Ladson, S.C., and is expected to be completed by September of next year.

The Department of Defense gave no additional details as to the upgrading of Cougar MRAP egress features.

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