Army orders more Textron vehicles

June 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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NEW ORLEANS, June 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command has ordered an additional 65 M1117 armored security vehicles from Textron Marine & Land Systems.

The order, valued at about $49.6 million, comes under a contract option.

The company has produced 3,161 ASVs for the U.S. Army and has achieved 68 consecutive months of on-time delivery to the Army on the ASV program.

Textron said vehicle manufacturing will take place at its facilities in the New Orleans area.

The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant crew protection through its V-shaped hull design and use of multiple layers of armor, defending against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices and land mines.

It also uses a four-wheel independent suspension system to deliver superior mobility, agility, handling and ride quality.

"For more than a decade our Louisiana-based employees have worked hard to design and manufacture ASV products that deliver outstanding performance across a wide range of challenging environments, while providing our soldiers exceptional levels of security, mobility and protection," said Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley.

ASV variants perform a variety of missions including scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control and maintenance. U.S. Army ASV missions include operations with the Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams with the M1200 Armored Knight configuration.

Details on the delivery schedule for the vehicles were not disclosed.

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