BAE Systems has been awarded a $53 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps for 40 Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The SOCOM Armored Utility Variant (AUV) vehicle is one of the different MRAP variants based on the RG33 6×6 family of vehicles.
“Our MRAP variants are tailored to meet mission-specific requirements for our marines, soldiers and Special Forces,” said Matt Riddle, vice president for Wheeled Vehicle Programs at BAE Systems. “These highly survivable vehicles will allow service men and women to safely and efficiently carry out their duties.”
Each of the new vehicles provides critical cargo carrying with an ability to haul up to 12,000 pounds, and towing loads weighing up to 30,000 pounds.
Work will be carried out at BAE Systems facilities in Santa Clara, California, York, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield, Ohio. Delivery of test vehicles will begin in December 2008 with production ending February 2009