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Additional Armoured Knight Vehicles to be delivered to the Army during 2010

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Textron Marine And Land Systems
: 24 December, 2009  (Application Story)
Textron has received an extension to supply a further 27 M1200 armoured vehicles to the US Army with multi-layered crew protection armour
Textron Marine & Land Systems has announced the award of a letter contract to build an additional 27 Armoured Knight vehicles for US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).

The firm-fixed-price contract, an additional undefinitised contract action under the existing ASV Production III contract, is valued at approximately $10 million and the vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2010. The M1200 Armoured Knight is a derivative of the Textron Marine & Land Systems Armoured Security Vehicle (ASV). The vehicle is outfitted with a laser targeting system for the US Army Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) by DRS Sustainment Systems, the prime contractor on the M1200 program.

“The Armoured Knight is a successful program in which the ASV platform has proven to be effective in accomplishing the mission of the US Army,” said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. “The ASV is a versatile platform providing exceptional protection, mobility and reliability.”

The ASV family of vehicles is based on a 4X4 wheeled armoured vehicle that offers significant crew protection through the employment of multiple layers of armour, defending against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and land mines. The ASV possesses superior mobility, agility, handling and ride quality through the utilization of a four-wheel independent suspension system.

The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates over the life of the US Army program as vehicles log more than 30,000 miles per year in combat operations. Textron Marine & Land Systems has achieved more than 51 consecutive months of on-time delivery to the US Army on the ASV program.

The ASV family of vehicles performs a wide variety of missions including scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control and recovery. US Army ASV missions include operations with the Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as combat laser designation with the M1200 Armoured Knight ASV configuration.
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