Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems has received a contract to provide next-level training to the Afghan National Army (ANA) for its four-wheeled Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs).

Awarded by the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, the $17.4m interim contractor training support (ICTS) contract requires Textron Systems in-country team to provide on-the-job training and mentorship, enabling ANA personnel to perform detailed maintenance and repair actions to maintain its MSFV inventory over one-year performance period.

In addition, the team will continue mentoring and training the ANA on inventory and supply system activities, as well as developing and delivering programme instruction manuals.

Textron Systems senior vice-president and general manager Tom Walmsley said: "The goal of this training programme is to equip the Afghan National Army with the required skills to be fully self-sufficient in all aspects of maintaining and sustaining its MSFV fleet over the long haul.

"This training supports the United States’ strategic objective of transitioning the security mission in Afghanistan to that nation’s military."

Since 2012, Textron has handed over a total of 621 MSFVs, which are based on its Commando Select armoured vehicle line, to the ANA.

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"The goal of this training programme is to equip the Afghan National Army with the required skills to be fully self-sufficient."

More than 550 of these vehicles are said to be actively engaged in security operations in strategic locations across the country.

Textron team has supported MSFVs in-country programme efforts for more than four years, and trained over 2,200 ANA soldiers on operation and field-level maintenance in classroom environments, in addition to providing them with extensive hands-on experience.

The company has also deployed multiple field service representative teams with ANA battalions, also called Kandaks, in the field to provide further sustainment and maintenance support.

MSFV is an armoured 4×4 vehicle configured with enhanced survivability capabilities, and other innovative protection design features, which improve blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected levels.

Image: More than 550 MSFVs are actively engaged in security operations in Afghanistan. Photo: © 2004-2014 Textron Inc.