Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announces that the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, MI, has exercised a contract option, valued at $49,613,572, for the company to supply the Army with 65 additional M1117 Armored Security Vehicles (ASVs).
Vehicle manufacturing will take place at Textron Marine & Land Systems facilities in the New Orleans area. The company has produced 3,161 ASVs for the U.S. Army, and has achieved 68 consecutive months of on-time delivery to the Army on the ASV program.
The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant crew protection through its V-shaped hull design, and employment of multiple layers of armor, defending against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and land mines. It also uses a four-wheel independent suspension system to deliver superior mobility, agility, handling and ride quality.
"For more than a decade our Louisiana-based employees have worked hard to design and manufacture ASV products that deliver outstanding performance across a wide range of challenging environments, while providing our soldiers exceptional levels of security, mobility and protection," says Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley.
The ASV family of vehicles performs a variety of missions including scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control and maintenance. U.S. Army ASV missions include operations with the Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M1200 Armored Knight configuration.