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BAE delivers two M-ATVs for evaluation

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- BAE Systems announced it has submitted two new mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles for evaluation in response to a solicitation from the U.S. military.

The Army recently called on the defense community to design an MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle that is lighter and more mobile than the current MRAP vehicles in order to address the challenges of Afghanistan's rugged terrain.

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British company BAE announced its U.S. Combat Systems unit and Global Tactical Systems business have each delivered an M-ATV variant for testing and evaluation.

The U.S. Combat Systems M-ATV is based on the company's RG-33 MRAP vehicle and has "completed thousands of test miles and scores of blast and ballistic tests," the company said in a release.

Officials said BAE's Global Tactical Systems unit submitted an M-ATV prototype based on the company's widely deployed Caiman MRAP vehicle.

"Our M-ATV provides urgent life-saving technology, multi-mission effectiveness and operational agility not currently available to the Army," Regis Luther, BAE vice president of light tactical vehicles, said in a statement.

"We combined the industry's best in combat-vehicle survivability and mine blast-resistant platforms to develop our M-ATV."

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