Afghan Army to receive additional Commando Select vehicles from Textron

29 September 2015 (Last Updated September 29th, 2015 18:30)

Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems has received a contract to supply additional Commando Select four-wheeled armoured vehicles to the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems has received a contract to supply additional Commando Select four-wheeled armoured vehicles to the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, the $56.2m firm-fixed-price contract covers the delivery of 55 more Commando Select vehicles to ANA through the US Army foreign military sales process.

The vehicles will be configured in three variants, with 36 equipped with objective gunner protection kits, 15 with enclosed 40mm / .50 calibre turrets, and four ambulance vehicles.

Known as mobile strike force vehicles (MSFV) by the Afghan Army, the vehicles are scheduled to be deployed in support of security operations across the country. The ANA has been operating more than 630 MSFVs since 2012.

"This additional supply of vehicles will support Kandaks currently operating MSFVs."

Textron Marine & Land Systems senior vice-president and general manager Tom Walmsley said: "Since being put into service by Afghan National Army Kandaks (battalions) several years ago, ANA soldiers have experienced the exceptional mobility, survivability and overall performance these vehicles are known for.

"This additional supply of vehicles will support Kandaks currently operating MSFVs, so that existing ANA vehicle inventory can be rotated in for regular service and maintenance work."

Commando Select is a 90mm direct-fire vehicle designed to address the growing international requirement for significantly greater under-armour firepower, integrated on a highly mobile armoured vehicle.

Capable of carrying up to seven soldiers alongside the crew, the vehicle incorporates a monocoque V-shaped hull, which is designed for protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices.

Additionally, a CMI Defence Cockerill CSE 90LP weapon system provides day / night combat capability for counter-insurgency and legacy combat operations.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at the company's facility in Slidell, Louisiana, US, with vehicle deliveries starting next month and completing by February 2016.