US Marines order more MRAPs

The US Marine Corps has placed two follow-on delivery orders worth a total of $715m with BAE Systems for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Under the new contracts, BAE Systems will build and deliver 1,024 Caiman-based Category I vehicles and 447 RG33 Category I and II vehicles (bringing the total to 3,150 Category 1 and 1,927 Category II vehicles respectively).

BAE Systems anticipates that the Caiman award, worth $481.8m, will include spares and increased contractor logistic support.

The RG33 order, worth $234m, involves the production of three special forces command vehicles, 51 ambulance variants and 393 RG33 Category II 6×6 MRAP variants.

Delivery of all the vehicles will begin this August and is scheduled for completion by November 2008.