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Jordan contracts for M113A1 upgrades

ARLINGTON, Va., May 15 (UPI) -- Jordan's armed forces have contracted BAE Systems to provide upgrade kits for the M113A1 fully tracked armored personnel carriers.

BAE said the contract, managed by the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command, is for upgrades on 300 of the M113A1 Armored Personnel Carriers.

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Under the $43.3 million contract, BAE will upgrade the M113A1 to an M113A2Mk1 configuration, which improves the engine suspension for the tactical vehicle and provides other advances.

"The M113 is one of the most enduring and battle-tested military vehicles in the world," Joe McCarthy, BAE Heavy Brigade Combat Team Programs vice president, said in a statement.

"The technical upgrades we will provide to the Jordan armed forces will ensure that these personnel carriers will continue to serve their mission for years to come."

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