The armored cab and chassis will compliment Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, and includes patented technologies that help protect soldiers from artillery attack. The 16-million dollar contract follows a 24-million dollar contract awarded to BAE Systems in June.
The Sealy manufacturing facility suffered a blow earlier this year when it lost a 3-billion dollar contract to build medium tactical vehicles. It resulted in the elimination of roughly half its workforce of three thousand. Chris Chambers heads the project for BAE Systems. He says the company has refocused its efforts.
“As part of what we’ve achieved since the decision on FMTV, we’ve landed a number of contracts. This being one of them, which will see production in Sealy through 2011. So, this is very much testament to the spirit and the knowledge and expertise of the Sealy workforce.”
Chambers says the new attitude for BAE Systems seems to be paying off, with a number of new military contracts in the pipeline.
“Our customer is diligently and, I think appropriately, looking to compete many aspects of their business. Our job now is to win those competitions.”
The latest contract runs through the end of next year.