Force Protection Industries has received two firm-fixed-price modification contracts worth $71.3m to provide and support US Army armoured vehicles in overseas combat operations.

The first $63.8m contract has been awarded by the US Army Contracting Command for the delivery of 56 Buffalo mine-protected clearance vehicles.

The second $7.5m award is a six-month renewal of 55 field service representatives (FSRs) to conduct general maintenance and upgrade operations on mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Force Protection COO Randy Hutcherson said, “The Buffalo remains the cornerstone of the US Army’s route clearance operations. It has performed exceptionally well since going into initial service in 2003 and saved countless lives.”

Work on the first contract is expected to begin in January 2012 and to be completed by 31 July 2012, while the second contract activities will be performed in overseas theatres of operation and are expected to be completed by 31 December 2011.