SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army says it has contracted BAE Systems for the installation of modification kits on the Bradley Combat Systems vehicle in Iraq.
Under the $15.5 million deal, BAE will install the modification kit on 952 Bradley vehicles. Officials say the installation includes the Bradley advanced survivability seats, a hot box ammunition restraint system and a new fire suppression system.
The announced contract is a modification to a previous BAE deal with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command to install Bradley modifications. The contract is an effort to address the soldier survivability conditions in the Bradley vehicle as troops face evolving threats in Iraq.
"We have made several modifications to the Bradley over the past few years to maintain its superior survivability as the threat continues to change," Andy Hove, BAE combat systems programs vice president, said in a statement. "These modifications will improve the survivability of the systems that are deployed in theater and protect the soldiers even better than we do today."
BAE official say the modification kit installations will be completed by December 2011.