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US Army awards Oshkosh Defense $79 mln contract

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Oshkosh M-ATV, an MRAP armored fighting vehicle. A Oshkosh Defense Photo.

OSHKOSH (BNS): US Army has awarded the Oshkosh Defense two contracts worth more than $79 million.

According to the contract, the company will be involved in supplying more than 1750 add-on rocket-propelled grenade protection kits and 1000 plus kits to support remote weapons systems for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).

“The M-ATV is designed to accept these kits and other add-on packages and still deliver exceptional survivability and performance capabilities for operations in Afghanistan,” said Ken Juergens, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager, Joint Programs, as per the news release by Oshkosh Defense.

The award for RPG protection kits is valued at more than $68 million and installation will be completed in-theater. The award for remote weapon system kits is valued at more than $11 million. Oshkosh will install these kits on the production lines and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will install the kits on previously delivered vehicles. Remote weapon systems allow fighting crews to operate from within the vehicle, even when on the move.

Work for both orders is expected to be completed in September 2010.

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