The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £50m contract to BAE Systems to provide engineering support for its armoured tracked vehicle fleet.
Under the five-year contract, the company's vehicles business will provide services to various light, medium and heavy armoured vehicles.
The agreement, which started on 1 January, covers Warrior, Titan, Trojan, Panther and Bulldog, as well as the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (tracked), the Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CVRT), and Challenger 2, the main battle tank of the UK Army.
UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Philip Dunne said: "This contract helps ensure that we sustain a battle-winning armoured vehicle fleet, as well as representing an important investment in armoured vehicles capability within the UK defence supply chain that safeguards UK engineering jobs.
"It is also essential that we deliver high-quality equipment and services at the best possible value for the taxpayer, and are able to meet any future capability challenges."
BAE Systems Combat Vehicles UK managing director David Bond said: "As the design authority for over 85% of the British Army's in-service armoured vehicle fleet, this innovative, long-term contract offers the company and the MoD a new partnering approach to vehicle support."
Engineers from BAE's Newcastle and Filton, Bristol plants will support the heavy armoured and Panther vehicles respectively.
MoD test sites, including Bovington in Dorset, will carry out the trial work.
Image: BAE Systems will provide services to UK Army armoured vehicles. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.