BAE Systems has been chosen by the US Army to be the sole producer of the new Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV).
The defence giant has been awarded an initial $20m delivery order under the $2.288bn MMPV program that will see up to 2,500 vehicles produced for use by army engineers and explosive ordnance disposal teams through 2015.
Under the initial order, nine MMPV test vehicles, test support, armour testing packages, vehicle basic issue items (such as first-aid kits and repair tools), training, and various contract data are due for delivery between May and August 2008.
According to BAE Systems, MMPV is a multi-purpose, mine protected, 6×6 wheeled vehicle based on the company’s next generation RG33 family of vehicles which army engineers will use to conduct route and area clearance missions and conduct explosive hazards reconnaissance.
MMPVs will also be used by explosive ordnance disposal teams to neutralise improvised explosive devices, mines and other unexploded ordnance.
Under a strategic public/private partnership agreement, BAE Systems and the Letterkenny Army Depot will perform automotive and final assembly production operations of these vehicles in facilities on and adjacent to the Letterkenny Army Depot facilities in Pennsylvania.