BAE Systems Awarded $6.26 Million To Manufacture Improved Crew Protection Cabs For Artillery Rocket System
BAE Systems has been awarded a $6.26 million contract by Lockheed Martin to manufacture 26 Increased Crew Protection (ICP) cabs for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract also includes 26 cab up-armor appliqué kits.
The ICP cabs and appliqué kits will replace unarmored cabs on U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps HIMARS vehicles. The HIMARS ICP Cab is produced in Sealy, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio. Work at Sealy will be completed by March 2009. The ICP cabs will be shipped to Lockheed Martin for installation on the HIMARS vehicles.
“This cab marks a significant advance in protection while attaining a high level of tactical mobility and integrating customer feedback,” said Chris Chambers, vice president of Medium/Heavy Vehicles for BAE Systems.
The HIMARS ICP cab is designed to protect its crew from ballistic attack, mine blast, foreign object debris, and the toxic fumes associated with rocket launch. The ICP Cab is armored and has more than 40 enhancements from previous cab designs. The enhancements include: improved crew survivability, hatch and door ergonomics, cab entry and exit, pressurization and water entry sealing. In addition, composite materials were used to meet mission essential transportability requirements.
HIMARS can accommodate the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) munitions, including all variants of the Guided MLRS rocket and Army Tactical Missile System missiles. Designed to enable troops to engage and defeat artillery, air defense concentrations, trucks, light armor and personnel carriers, as well as support troop and supply concentrations, HIMARS can launch its missiles and move away from the launch area before enemy forces locate the launch site. HIMARS can be transported by C-130 “Hercules” aircraft, which allows HIMARS to be deployed into areas inaccessible to heavier launchers and is a force multiplier to the modular brigade.
BAE Systems employs more than 2,500 people in Sealy, Texas and has 900,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space on approximately 200 acres. The Medium/Heavy Vehicles business unit leverages a long history with wheeled vehicle products. It has established itself as a world-class designer, volume manufacturer and through-life supporter of high-quality, best value, military tactical trucks and wheeled vehicle systems with payload capacities from 2.5 to 18 tons. Today, BAE Systems is the exclusive manufacturer of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) and the producer of the Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP).
In Cincinnati, Ohio, BAE Systems employs more than 2,000 people and has almost one million square feet of manufacturing and office space. The Cincinnati operations has played a vital role in both the Caiman and RG33 MRAP programs by providing armor systems for both vehicles, as well as the FMTV. Other products include up-armored vehicles, commercial armored vehicles, integrated armor kits and accessories for a full range of tactical wheeled vehicles, combat vehicles and construction equipment. The Cincinnati operations also include a state-of-the art ballistic glass plant.
BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.
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