BAE Systems has received a $59m (£36m) contract for the production of 109 second-generation Iraqi Light Armored Vehicles (ILAV) and 10 Mine Roller Kits for delivery to the Iraqi government.

‘This is a survivable, mobile and capable light armoured vehicle that will help facilitate the successful transfer of missions from US forces to Iraqi forces and enhance the nation’s efforts to strengthen the Iraqi military,’ said Mark Signorelli, vice-president and general manager of New Vehicles & Amphibious Systems for BAE Systems.

BAE Systems, as the prime contractor, along with US-based subcontractors Force Protection and Spartan Chassis will manufacture and produce the ILAVs in three configurations: the basic ILAV troop carrier; a configuration that includes an interrogation arm for route clearance; and an explosive ordnance disposal configuration.

BAE Systems will begin delivering the vehicles in May 2010 with final deliveries expected by October 2010.