United Defense wins $12.7 million contract

United Defense Industries has been awarded a $12.7 million contract by the US Army for technical support and production of Opposing Forces Surrogate Training Systems vehicles.

United Defense Industries has been awarded a $12.7 million contract by the US Army Simulation Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM) for the system technical support and production of Opposing Forces Surrogate Training System (OSTS) – Main Battle Tank (MBT) vehicles.

The OSTS-MBT is a tracked surrogate vehicle designed to replicate enemy tanks during battle training at the US Army Combat Manoeuvre Training Centers in Fort Polk, Louisiana , Fort Irwin, California and Hoenfels, Germany.

The vehicle consists of an M113A3 chassis with an operational two-man turret equipped with simulated weapon systems and visual modifications.

The contract calls for the design, manufacture and test of a prototype vehicle and production of seven vehicles for delivery to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk in mid 2004.

The award includes four options for the continuation of system technical support and the production of 137 additional vehicles and the procurement of spare parts and special equipment starting in 2003 and continuing through to 2007. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract will be $136.8 million.

The System Technical Support effort will be performed at United Defense’s Santa Clara, California facility. Vehicle production will be completed at United Defense’s Anniston, Alabama facilities in partnership with the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) and Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) in Illinois.

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