L3-Micreo has received a contract from the Australia Department of Defence to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield units to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
Under the contract, L3-Micreo will be responsible for the production, manufacture and delivery of the Silvershield vehicle-mounted force protection system.
The Silvershield units are produced under the REDWING programme to provide protection against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Australia Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds stated that the capability would boost Afghanistan’s operations against insurgent and terrorist groups.
Reynolds said: “The REDWING programme is part of Australia’s broader commitment to Afghanistan’s long-term security and development.
“Australian Defence industry continues to deliver life-saving cutting-edge counter improvised explosive device (CIED) technology, which represent our enduring effect in Afghanistan.”
Australia has delivered an initial 16,000 Silvershield units to Afghanistan throughout last year.
The systems are tailored for use in Afghanistan’s adverse environments.
Once L3-Micreo delivers the units under the latest contract, the total number of individual and vehicle-mounted REDWING systems that have been produced in Australia and exported since 2015 will increase to more than 226,000.
L3 Micreo managing director Sarah Earey said: “We continue to be extremely proud to produce these life-saving force protection systems for defence to help address the persistent and evolving threat of IEDs in Afghanistan.”
In December, the company completed the final units for delivery to Afghanistan under the 2018 production order.
Industry partners supplying sub-system components for Silvershield include Axiom Precision Manufacturing, SRX Global (Australia), ZCG Scalar and Lintek.