US Army contracts BAE for RG33 vehicle reset programme
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to support conversion of the US Army's RG33 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles into medium mine-protected vehicles (MMPVs).
Awarded by the Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), the $37.6m contract covers delivery of spare parts and kits for conversion of a total of 250 RG33 MRAPs into the 6x6 wheeled military vehicles.
BAE Systems Weapon Systems and Support vice president and deputy general manager Robert Houston said the company possessed a long history in vehicle conversions and modernisation programmes.
"Our work on the MMPV programme will not only increase the capabilities of the vehicle, but will also further strengthen our partnership with the Letterkenny Army Depot," Houston added.
Activities to be broadly carried out by the company will include supply of a rear ramp, which is required for the deployment of remotely operated unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in route and area clearance operations, as well as a new heating and air conditioning system for the reset programme.
Equipped with a V-shaped hull, the MMPV is a class of armoured wheeled vehicle designed to provide enhanced troop protection against a wide range of symmetrical, asymmetrical and unconventional explosives hazards in the battlefield.
Featuring a large modular interior, high-mobility chassis and extensive equipment options, the vehicle is expected to support emerging future engineer force (FEF) clearance companies in route and area clearance missions, explosive hazards teams in explosive hazards reconnaissance operations, as well as the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) companies during EOD operations.
Additional soldier-friendly subsystems include large ballistic windows and a 360° situational awareness suite.
Assembly of the spare parts and kits will be carried out by the company's existing workforce at its facility in Anniston, Alabama, US.
Image: US Army's RG33 MRAP vehicle. Photo: file image.