Tex­tron gets 71 more mo­bile strike force ve­hi­cles for Afghanistan Na­tional Army

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

Tex­tron Marine & Land Sys­tems (TM&LS) re­cently an­nounced that it re­ceived a third op­tion award from the US Army Con­tract­ing Com­mand, War­ren, Michi­gan, for 71 mo­bile strike force ve­hi­cles (MSFV) for the Afghanistan Na­tional Army (ANA). These ve­hi­cles were added to the cur­rent con­tract and have a not-to-ex­ceed value of $79,182,680.

Work will be per­formed at Tex­tron Marine & Land Sys­tems’ fa­cil­i­ties in the New Orleans area, with ve­hi­cle de­liv­er­ies sched­uled through Oc­to­ber 2013. Three vari­ants are be­ing pro­duced: MSFV with en­closed tur­ret; MSFV with ob­jec­tive gun­ner pro­tec­tion kit; and an MSFV am­bu­lance.

MSFV be­gan ar­riv­ing into Afghanistan in Fe­bru­ary. Soon af­ter, com­pre­hen­sive op­er­a­tor new equip­ment train­ing of a first ANA bat­tal­ion, called a Kan­dak, com­menced. The first Kan­dak has com­pleted this phase of train­ing and has be­gun mounted and dis­mounted tac­tics train­ing with NATO forces. With the train­ing and sign over of ve­hi­cles to the ANA, the pro­gramme has achieved ini­tial op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity (IOC) on sched­ule.

“In less than two years our ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees, to­gether with the US Army’s Prod­uct Man­ager Ar­mored Se­cu­rity Ve­hi­cles, have de­vel­oped, tested, built and started field­ing an es­sen­tial ca­pa­bil­ity for the Afghanistan Na­tional Army’s se­cu­rity mis­sion,” ex­plained Tom Walm­s­ley, TM&LS Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager. “This level of co­op­er­a­tion has en­abled our team to quickly and ef­fi­ciently pro­duce more than 200 MSFVs to date, field the first ANA Kan­dak, and pre­pare the next Kan­dak to train on its fleet of ve­hi­cles.”

De­rived from the com­bat-proven M1117 Ar­mored Se­cu­rity Ve­hi­cle (ASV), all MSFVs are con­fig­ured with en­hanced sur­viv­abil­ity (ES) ca­pa­bil­ity, which im­proves blast pro­tec­tion to mine-re­sis­tant, am­bush­pro­tected (MRAP) lev­els. The ES-equipped ve­hi­cles continue to pos­sess the ASV’s orig­i­nal, all-im­por­tant V-shaped hull de­sign, in ad­di­tion to in­no­va­tive pro­tec­tion de­sign fea­tures that en­able them to meet MRAP blast pro­tec­tion stan­dards.

TM&LS has de­liv­ered nearly 3,900 M1117 ASVs and re­lated con­fig­u­ra­tions to the US Army and other mil­i­tary forces in­clud­ing Afghanistan, Iraq, Colom­bia and Bul­garia.

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