Battelle has received a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to convert standard pickup trucks into armoured vehicles for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD).
Awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA), the BPA requires the company's Tactical Systems business to modify standard trucks according to the US Special Operations Forces' (SOF) requirements over the next one year.
Currently valued at $2m for fulfilling initial requirements, the agreement can also be extended by additional two years to add a total of up to 270 vehicles, as reported by The Coloumbus Dispatch.
Battelle Special Operations market group vice-president and retired US Air Force major general John Folkerts said: "Under this contract, our vehicle systems team will execute on its custom designs and integrate complex systems to meet mission requirements at a competitive cost."
Serving as the prime contractor, the company will reengineer the existing vehicles with protective armour, in addition to adding other durability features, such as stronger suspensions for operations in rugged terrain and enhanced alternators for resistance to adverse weather conditions.
Led by Battelle, the industry team include Action Group, Hollingsworth Logistics, Defense Logistics Services, Gryphon Group, GS Engineering, Triad Services, as well as UPI Manufacturing.
The company has long provided US armed forces with protected vehicles, and recently completed installation of more than 500 protective armour kits onto the army's existing high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs).
Conversion work is scheduled to be carried out at the company's industrial park in Far West Side in New York, US.
Image: The high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles of the US Army. Photo: courtesy of Army.mil.