The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract to supply more than 5,100 armor kits, known as “B-kits”, for the Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) configured Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The contract is worth up to $190 million, with $107 million of funding already committed.
“This contract demonstrates the U.S. Army’s commitment to the Long Term Armor Strategy and the Army’s confidence in the performance and adaptability of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles,” said Chris Chambers, vice president of BAE Systems’ Medium/Heavy Vehicles in Sealy, Texas. “Moreover, it provides field commanders the ability to balance protection levels against sustained, long-term mission requirements using the FMTV. This marks our continued commitment to an effort to ensure we keep protecting those who protect us.”
The FMTV’s LTAS is system-designed for the legendary FMTV and is comprised of the armored cab or “A-Cab” and appliqu armor or B-kit. This configuration allows FMTV crews to operate FMTVs in on- and off-road non-tactical and low-threat tactical environments with minimal vehicle weight. The crews can increase their protection during periods of increased threat levels by installing the B-kits.
The FMTV LTAS B-kits will be delivered to the U.S. Government between April 2009 and August 2010 for use on cargo trucks, wreckers, expansible vans, shop vans, and tractors.
More than 53,000 FMTVs and trailers have been manufactured in the vehicle’s 17 years of production. The commonality of parts among the FMTVs 17 production models includes shared engines, transmissions, power trains, tires and cabs. This commonality significantly reduces the logistics burden, and operating and support costs for the U.S. Army and has been instrumental in achieving the FMTVs 95 percent sustained operational readiness rate in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The FMTV LTAS B-Kits are being produced in a cooperative effort across BAE Systems facilities and its various suppliers. The transparent armor, armored cab hatch, and other armor elements are being produced at the BAE Systems facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.
BAE Systems employs more than 2,600 people at its FMTV production facility in Sealy, Texas. The Medium/Heavy Vehicles business unit leverages a long history with wheeled vehicle products. It has established itself as a world-class designer, volume manufacturer and through-life supporter of high-quality, best value, military tactical trucks and wheeled vehicle systems with payload capacities from 2.5 to 18 tons. Today, BAE Systems is the exclusive manufacturer of FMTVs and the producer of the Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle.
BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded 18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.