Textron supplies armored vehicles to Afghanistan

Commando Select armored vehicles in differing variants are being supplied to the Afghan National Army by Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Sept. 29, 2015 at 3:12 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems is to supply additional four-wheeled armored vehicles to the Afghan National Army.

The contract for 55 Commando Select vehicles was issued through by the U.S. Army for a Foreign Military Sales deal and is worth $56.2 million.

"Since being put into service by Afghan National Army Kandaks (battalions) several years ago, ANA soldiers have experienced the exceptional mobility, survivability and overall performance these vehicles are known for," said Tom Walmsley, Marine & Land Systems senior vice president and general manager. "This additional supply of vehicles will support Kandaks currently operating MSFVs, so that existing ANA vehicle inventory can be rotated in for regular service and maintenance work."

MSFV stands for Mobile Strike Force Vehicles, a name given them by the Afghan Army. More than 630 of them have been delivered to the ANA since 2012.

The 55 vehicles ordered will come in three variants: 36 equipped with Objective Gunner Protection Kits; 15 with enclosed 40mm/.50 caliber turrets; and four ambulance vehicles.

Textron said delivery of the vehicles will begin next month and will be completed by next February.

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