ST. LOUIS, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has started receiving Network Integration Kit-equipped mine resistant ambush protected vehicles and Humvees from Boeing.
The vehicles, along with unattended ground sensors and unmanned ground vehicles, are part of the low-rate initial production contract that Boeing received in February for Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 capabilities.
Boeing said the first delivery was made Nov. 17 and the second Nov. 22. Deliveries, part of the initial low-rate production contract, will continue through the second quarter of next year.
The Army will conduct additional verification testing prior to the capabilities' initial operational test and evaluation in 2011 and deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.
"These deliveries are the culmination of many years of design and field testing to improve this system's reliability and usability for the nation's warfighters," said George Smith, Boeing BCTM Increment 1 Operations project manager. "We knew the schedule was going to be difficult but this team excels at making the difficult happen."
BCTM Increment 1 capabilities are intended to give soldiers enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as increased survivability and lethality, the company said.