Textron, military sign supply alliance

Jan. 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Textron Marine and Land Systems of Louisiana and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have signed a supply chain alliance.

The company said the agreement with the DLA's Land and Maritime units strengthens an existing relationship and provides various mechanisms to monitor metrics, such as on-time delivery, parts usage, administrative process time and product quality.

"The relationship between Textron Marine and Land Systems and DLA has been dynamic and dependable," said Textron Director of Life Cycle Support Quitman Gahagan. "With this alliance in place we formalize our commitment to continuous process and quality improvement and continued success."

Textron Marine and Land Systems is the largest supplier of spare parts for the M1117 armored security vehicle and continues to deliver high-quality and timely parts to DLA facilities across the United States.

There are more than 2,500 ASVs in the U.S. Army inventory with a 20-plus year life cycle that depends on a reliable stream of spare parts and support. As the original equipment manufacturer of the ASV, Textron Marine and Land Systems works with DLA to maintain supply chain efficiency, supporting the operational readiness rate of the ASV.

"Supply chain logistics is an integral part of our M1117 ASV program," said Textron General Manager Tom Walmsley. "The outstanding readiness rates of the ASV are critical to providing the warfighter with a highly survivable and mobile armored wheeled vehicle for mission success in a wide range of combat roles."

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