Textron Marine & Land Systems to Build 135 Additional Mobile Strike Force
Vehicles for the Afghan National Army
New Award Brings MSFV Orders for Afghanistan to 634 Vehicles
NEW ORLEANS, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Textron Marine & Land Systems,
an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company,
announced today that it has been awarded a $113.4 million firm-fixed-price
contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., to produce an
additional 135 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) for the Afghan National
Army (ANA). The vehicles are being contracted through the U.S. Army Foreign
Military Sales (FMS) process.
Work will be performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems' facilities in the New
Orleans area, with vehicle deliveries scheduled through February 2014. Three
armored vehicle variants are being produced: MSFV with enclosed turret; MSFV
with Objective Gunner's Protection Kit; and an MSFV ambulance.
TM&LS was awarded a contract for Mobile Strike Force Vehicle full-rate
production in May 2011. Since then, the company has been fulfilling contract
orders for a total of 499 vehicles. More than 300 of these vehicles have been
delivered, and are either in operations with ANA kandaks (battalions) or being
fielded as part of a comprehensive in-country vehicle logistics support and
operator training program.
"Several kandaks are fully trained and beginning to stand up Afghanistan's
quick reaction force capability," explained Tom Walmsley, TM&LS senior vice
president and general manager. "These vehicles deliver a combination of
lethality, survivability, mobility and sustainability crucial to the Army's
ability to effectively respond to security threats and maintain the peace."
General Sher Mohammad Karimi, chief of general staff of the ANA, speaking
February 6 at the International Armoured Vehicles Conference in Farnborough,
UK, said high-end armored capabilities are "critical to the survival of the
state to develop capabilities to fight insurgents."
General Karimi also commented that the MSFV has been "significantly upgraded
from the original design to make it more survivable in the IED environment."
Part of the TM&LS COMMANDO Select line of armored vehicles, the MSFV is
derived from the combat-proven M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV). All MSFVs
are configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which increases
blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels. The
ES-equipped vehicles continue to possess the ASV's original, all-important
V-shaped hull design, in addition to innovative protection design features
that enable them to meet MRAP blast protection standards.
Rigorously tested and proven in the toughest environments, the COMMANDO(TM)
family of vehicles offers a range of protection levels, unmatched
on-road/off-road mobility and superior firepower. TM&LS produces four lines of
COMMANDO four-wheeled vehicles – COMMANDO Utility, COMMANDO Advanced, COMMANDO
Select and COMMANDO Elite.
As an end-to-end armored vehicle provider, TM&LS also offers its customers
fielding, training, maintenance and logistics support throughout each COMMANDO
vehicle's life cycle.
Public Relations Team
About Textron Marine & Land Systems
Textron Marine & Land Systems designs, produces and supports advanced wheeled
combat vehicles and cutting-edge maritime craft used by U.S. and international
armed forces, as well as civilian entities around the globe. Its COMMANDO
family of armored vehicles offers a full range of vehicle options delivering
enhanced survivability, mobility, lethality and sustainability. Textron Marine
& Land Systems' innovative turret technology and related subsystems also
deliver outstanding performance and reliability. Its strategic business,
MillenWorks, operates an Engineering Center of Excellence with a reputation as
a highly sought-after solution center, which designs and develops advanced
mobility solutions for demanding on- and off-road applications.Textron Marine
& Land Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is
available at www.textronmarineandland.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense,
homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years.
Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned
aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent
battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions,
precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total
life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI
Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft
Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical
Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine &
Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of
aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its
powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is
available at www.textron.com.
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