BAE upgrading Australian defense vehicles

June 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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ADELAIDE, Australia, June 13 (UPI) -- BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract from Elbit Systems to upgrade 777 military vehicles as part of the Australian army's Land 200 Program.

The contract is worth more than $5.1 million.

As a major subcontractor to Elbit Systems Australia, BAE will prepare the vehicles -- including Macks, Unimogs, Bushmasters and M113 Armored Personnel Carriers -- for the installation of a Battle Group and Below Command, Control and Communications system.

Installation activities on the Mack, Unimog and Bushmaster vehicles will be conducted at the Meeandah Military Facility in Brisbane, Queensland, while work on the M113 APCs will be done in northern Adelaide, South Australia.

"We have selected BAE Systems Australia because of the company's vehicle systems installation capabilities," Managing Director of Elbit Systems in Australia Shlomo Weizer said. "It demonstrated the technical capability, skilled workforce and capacity to deliver this work across two states."

Elbit Systems Australia was awarded an Australian government contract in March for the supply, integration, installation and support of a BGC3 system for the Land 200 Program.

BAE Systems' contract with Elbit Systems runs to January 2013.

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