Bae Systems will deliver around 240 armour protection kits for US Army armored security vehicles (ASVs) under a contract awarded by Textron Marine and Land Systems.

Under the $10.5m contract, the company will produce armour kits for the M1117 ASV, a turreted, armoured, all-wheel drive vehicle and for the M1200 Armoured Knight, which is used to locate and designate targets for indirect fire and laser guided weapons.

Textron will install the armour kits and deliver the vehicles to the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (Tacom).

The M1117 4×4 armoured wheeled vehicle serves as a combat-proven platform that provides security and all around survivability against small arms fire, overhead artillery fragmentations, and under-wheel and under-hull mine blasts.

The ASV is often used to support military police missions, as well as a variety of other essential military operations including convoy protection, combat patrol and base security.

Work will be carried out at BAE Systems facilities in Phoenix, Arizona. Deliveries of ASV armour kits will begin this month and are scheduled to be complete by July 2010.