YORK, Pa., July 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to remanufacture Bradley vehicles with enhanced protections against improvised bombs, among other new technologies.
The new contract, worth $538 million, is for BAE to remanufacture 160 M2A3 vehicles, 60 M3A3 vehicles and 32 M3A3 Bradley fire support team vehicles. Officials say the disassembly work of the Bradley vehicles and eventual reassembly is a partnership with the Red River Army Depot.
Improvements to the Bradley vehicles include adding new protections for soldiers against improvised explosives and the implementation of other survivability technologies.
"BAE Systems and Red River Army Depot are ready to meet the demands of the U.S. Army by providing these critical combat systems in a timely and efficient manner," Andy Hove, BAE Systems combat systems program vice president, said in a statement.
"The vehicles funded by this contract will be equipped with improvised explosive device armor, and Bradley urban survivability kits and will continue to provide superior survivability to the soldiers deployed in theater," Hove said.
If all options are exercised, the remanufacturing of Bradley vehicles, along with spare parts, could bring the total value of the announced contract to $1.3 billion.