BAE supports MRAP vehicles

BAE Systems has been awarded three contracts worth $61m to provide service, support and spare parts for RG33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the US Marine Corps.

BAE Systems has been awarded three contracts worth $61m (£40m) to provide service, support and spare parts for RG33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the US Marine Corps.

The RG33 is one of several mine-protected vehicles currently being used by troops deployed overseas that features a v-shaped hull to protect them from roadside bombs and explosive devices.

‘BAE Systems continues to support our men and women serving overseas with MRAP vehicles that provide troops with the best and most reliable protection as they defend us from threats around the world,’ said Mark Signorelli, vice-president of new vehicles and amphibious systems for BAE Systems.

The company’s field service representatives will provide training and support to marines using MRAP vehicles under two awards worth $55.5m, one of which includes $7m in funding carried over from a previous award.

Under the third award worth $5.5m, the company will supply spare components for kits that provide enhanced protection for MRAP vehicles against improvised explosive device (IED) threats.

Work on these contracts will be performed throughout several of BAE Systems’ facilities in the US including Anniston in Alabama, Louisville in Kentucky, York in Pennsylvania and various military sites through July 2009. The contract will be managed by the US Marine Corp Systems Command.