The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a contract to NP Aerospace to deliver maintenance and upgrades for British Army armoured vehicles.
The vehicles offer protection to army personnel from mine and ballistic threats as they navigate rough terrains on the battlefield.
NP Aerospace will take responsibility for the upkeep, update and upgrade of more than 2,200 protected mobility vehicles based in the UK and on operations.
NP Aerospace CEO James Kempston said: “The UK MOD is a key partner for NP Aerospace. Winning the Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support contract demonstrates our commitment to delivering world-class armour technology and vehicle integration to protect the British Armed Forces.
“It puts us at the forefront of strategic delivery within the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Vehicle Systems.”
Contracted work is expected to support around 100 jobs in Coventry and 250 more jobs across the UK supply chain until 2024.
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It will also help create an additional 50 jobs at the company’s headquarters in Foleshill.
UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: “Armoured vehicles save lives on the battlefield and this contract will ensure they are repaired, upgraded and returned to the frontline as quickly as possible.
“This vital contract demonstrates how the MOD benefits every region of the UK by providing hundreds of skilled jobs and multi-million-pound investment to the West Midlands.”
The British Army armoured vehicles that will be covered under this contract include the Foxhound, RODET, Jackal, Coyote and other vehicles that are deployed for training or operations in the UK and overseas.
The contract includes the design, procurement and fitting of the equipment. NP Aerospace will also provide technical advice throughout the contract period.
DE&S Land Equipment director major general Colin McClean said: “The protected mobility fleet has been hugely important for defence over the last 15 years, saving numerous lives on operations.
“It is vital that we continue to invest in our battle-winning capabilities, ensuring that they are always ready for training or operational purposes.”
The British Army armoured vehicles market was shaken up at the start of the year with the announcement that BAE Systems was selling a majority stake in its UK combat vehicles business to German firm Rheinmetall.