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BAE to armor Daimler trucks

CINCINNATI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- BAE Systems will produce armor kits for M915A5 military line haul trucks produced by Daimler Trucks North America.

The $7 million order is for 380 A-kits, which includes a reinforced armored cab and chassis engineered to provide additional protection to soldiers in the vehicle, as well as support the added weight of supplemental armor panels.

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BAE Systems received an initial $32 million contract for M915A5 A-kits from DTNA in September of last year.

The company also produces B-kits for M915A5 trucks as determined and requested by the U.S. Army. The B-kit consists of field-installed, customizable and removable armor panels, which interface with the A-kit to provide maximum protection to the crew.

"This work shows how BAE Systems, as a leading designer, developer and producer of survivability systems, is able to leverage its expertise and work with original equipment manufacturers such as Daimler Trucks North America to produce armored vehicles that are protecting U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Don Dutton, vice president of BAE Systems' Platform Survivability business.

U.S. Army and Reserve units often use M915 series line haul tractors to transport needed troop supplies from ocean ports to division support areas within a theater of operation.

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