Textron Marine & Land Systems has been awarded an Undefinitized Contract Action by the US Army Contracting Command to produce Medium Armoured Security Vehicles (MASV) for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA).

Under the one-year $257m contract, an initial funding of $125.9m has been authorised for the production of 240 MASVs along with associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids.

The contract also has options to produce an additional 200 vehicles, including two option years for training and logistics support.

The ANA vehicles will include nine armoured vehicle configurations derived from the combat-proven M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle (ASV) and ASV Armoured Personnel Carrier.

The vehicles will be configured with Enhanced Survivability capability in addition to other innovative protection design features.

Production of the vehicles will be carried out at the company’s facilities in New Orleans, US, with an estimated completion date of June 2012.

More than 3,100 M1117 ASV and related configurations have been delivered to the US Army, as well as military and police forces in Iraq, Colombia and Bulgaria to date.