Most of the
recent orders issued by the US Navy, on behalf of US Marine
Corps Systems Command address Category I (4x4) troop carriers,
destined to replace as many up-armored HMMWVs in theater. Other
vehicles were ordered by the US Army.
The USMC, managing the MRAP program, awarded Force Protection
Industries a fourth production order for 395 Category I and
60 Category II Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles,
worth $221 million. The vehicles are expected to be delivered
within 18 months. This order is equally split between Force
Protection and General Dynamics Land Systems, based on the Force
Dynamics cooperation agreement. International Military and
Government LLC (IMG) received a third delivery order worth $8
million for additional 16 Category II (CAT II) MRAP vehicles,
to be delivered by February 2008. The previous order awarded
to International covered about 1,000 Category I vehicles.
The RG-33 order includes 425 4x4 (Category
I) vehicles,of which 170 will be configured for the US Special
Operations Command, with the remaining 16 Catgory II (6x6) configured
as ambulances. BAE Systems will deliver vehicles based on the
RG-33 design, offering improved survivability and large armor
protected volume. The RG33L MRAP ambulance accommodates several
litter and ambulatory patients via a novel litter lift system.
The vehicle also provides space for a medic work station and
key medical equipment.
The U.S. Army ordered RG-31 Mk5 and M1117 ASV to fulfil other
missions, as part of ongoing orders running in parralel to the
The Army ordered 44 RG-31 Mk5 Mine Protected Vehicles. The
$20 million covers the delivery of 44 vehicles, to be delivered
within 4-5 months. U.S. forces have previously ordered or received
448 RG-31 vehicles, including 265 Mk5s for the U.S. Army and
Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and 24 Mk5s for the U.S.
Marine Corps under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)
Under a separate contract the Army also added a procurement
order for 369 M1117 armored security vehicles (ASV) under a
contract worth $255.5 million awarded to Textron Marine &
Land, to deliver. The framework order was awarder in 2006. With
this award, the total number of ASVs produced or under contract
is now at 1729 vehicles, of which some 950 vehicles were built
to date. Production and deliveries of the ASV are continuing
at Textron Marine & Land with firm contracts through at
least October 2008.
The ASV is used by the United States Army for its military
police, convoy protection and Field Artillery Combat Observation
and Lasing Teams (COLT). Its record of performance, reliability
and survivability in the field is impeccable. More than 750
ASVs have been deployed in the Global War on Terrorism in support
of combat missions.