Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&L Systems) has been awarded a contract option for the supply of 64 additional Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA).
The not-to-exceed $71.7m order is part of the original $257m Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) awarded to the company by the US Army Contracting Command in June 2011 for the production of a total of 240 MASVs.
The contract also included a Total Package Fielding concept comprising of associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids to the Afghan Army.
Initial deliveries of the vehicles into Afghanistan theatre are currently in progress.
TM&LS senior vice president and general manager Tom Walmsley said the highly mobile and well-protected vehicles will play an important role in the Afghanistan government's ability to address threats and defend its people.
"Our Afghanistan-based team of trainers and field service representatives are working closely with the US Army's Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Coalition Forces to prepare ANA Mobile Strike Force units to take full advantage of the MSFV's capabilities," Walmsley added.
Based on the TM&L Systems-built M1117 Guardian armoured security vehicle (ASV), the MSFV is being developed in three variants which include an armoured personnel carrier (APC) with gunner's protective kit, an APC with enclosed turret, and an armoured ambulance.
The vehicles are configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, in addition to other innovative protection design features, which improves blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels.
The vehicles will provide ANA with quick reaction force (QRF) capability, which will prove critical when the US strategically withdraws combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Manufacturing work under the contract will be carried out at the company's facility in New Orleans, US and the deliveries are scheduled to complete by February 2013.
Image: ANA's Mobile Strike Force Vehicles arrive at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, US. Photo: US Army.