Marines award contract for Cougar MRAPs

May 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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LADSON, S.C., May 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has placed a new Foreign Military Sale order for the delivery of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles from Force Protection Inc.

Armored vehicle developer Force Protection, which has headquarters in South Carolina, received a contract to produce 30 of its Cougar Category I MRAPs for delivery to coalition forces. The Cougar has been used by the U.S. military in combat zones to help protect troops from roadside bombs and other explosive threats.

"The battle proven Cougar has been the workhorse not only for the U.S. Marine Corps but allied forces around the globe such as the United Kingdom and Canada," Force Protection Chief Operating Officer Randy Hutcherson said in a statement.

The approximately $24 million Foreign Military Sale deal, awarded by the Marine Corps Systems Command also requires Force Protection to deploy technicians to supply field support services.

"We stand ready to deliver and support these vehicles wherever they are deployed around the world," Hutcherson said.

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