LADSON, S.C., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense has awarded a follow-on contract to Force Protection for additional Cougar Mastiff mine resistant ambush protected vehicles.
British defense officials announced a $15 million contract modification with U.S. company Force Protection. The contract award is through the Marine Corps Systems Command foreign military sales for an additional 24 of its Cougar Mastiff MRAPs.
The additional MRAP vehicles will be deployed for British operations in Afghanistan as part of an effort to offer greater protections to troops from ballistic and explosive threats.
"The Mastiff has performed extraordinarily well for the British army in support of its missions in the extremely rugged environment of Afghanistan," Michael Moody, Force Protection chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
"Our vehicles continue to be the most survivable, sustainable vehicles on the battlefield, and we are delighted that we have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our partnership with the British Ministry of Defense."