The US Army has ordered 48 Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicles (MPCV) from Force Protection in a deal worth $52.8m.

The Buffalo vehicles are used for numerous missions by the US Army and can be repaired in the theatre.

Buffalo’s 30ft robotic arm and iron claw assists personnel sitting inside the armoured truck to dispose mines and improvised explosive devices with the help of a mounted camera.

The US Army Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) is the contracting agency. The contract work will be performed in Ladson, South Carolina, US with deliveries scheduled to be complete before 31 January 2010.