Force Protection to open Kuwait facility

LADSON, S.C., May 19 (UPI) -- Defense contractor Force Protection Inc. announced plans to open a Kuwait-based tactical vehicle life cycle support facility.

U.S. company Force Protection said the facility, located in Mina Abdullah, Kuwait, is part of an effort to support repairs and other maintenance work on its vehicles deployed for ongoing missions in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.


Officials said the new facility in Kuwait is part of an effort to strategically locate field workers and maintenance equipment to better serve mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle programs and to provide future vehicle upgrades and training services.

"We believe that this new facility will enable us to more rapidly and effectively serve the needs of our customers," James Grazioplene, Force Protection total life cycle support executive vice president, said in a statement.

"It will enhance our logistical supply chain, improve our competitive position and enable us to further increase our excellent level of operational readiness for our fleet. The ability to rapidly upgrade our fleet of vehicles, in theater, will ensure the fastest possible implementation of new survivability technologies to the war fighter."

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