General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has been awarded a contract for modernisation of the US Army's Buffalo A2 M1272 mine protected clearance vehicles.
Awarded by the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Lifecycle Management Command, the $22.7m contract covers updates and revisions to all logistic requirements and data in support of the Buffalo A2 M1272 vehicles.
The firm-fixed-price multi-year contract also includes completion of a total system support package.
Manufactured by Force Protection Industries, the Buffalo A2 is a heavily armoured truck version of the Buffalo mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, and is designed to protect its occupants from mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The vehicle features significant enhancements over its predecessor, including major changes in the rear axles, Cat C13 engine, Cat CX31 transmission and suspension, as well as upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, hood and front bumper.
The vehicle is also equipped with a 30ft-long robotic arm featuring a high resolution camera and other tools that enables users to examine potentially dangerous items and locate hidden IEDs.
Approximately 238 Buffalo A2 vehicles have been delivered to the US military units stationed across the globe.
Designed based on the South African Casspir mine-protected vehicle, the Buffalo vehicle is primarily used for mine-resistant ambush protection, route clearance, mini clearance, asset protection and command and control operations.
Work under the contract is scheduled to be performed at the company's facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, US, with an estimated completion date of March 2018.
Image: The Buffalo A2 M1272 is an upgraded version of the Buffalo mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. Photo: courtesy of army photo by master Sgt. Lek Mateo, 56th Brigade Public Affairs Office.