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06 Apr 11. Force Protection Industries, Inc. received contract M67854-11-C-5063 from the United States Marine Corps Systems Command with an approximate value of $46.6m. The award is a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) for 40 Program of Record (POR) Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicles (MPCV). All work under this contract will be performed in Ladson, SC and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2011. Randy Hutcherson, Chief Operating Officer for Force Protection Industries, Inc., said, “The demand for Buffalo continues to be solid due to its effectiveness as the premier route clearance vehicle available today. Buffalos have saved untold numbers of lives over the last several years in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are extremely proud to provide these vehicles to conduct the critical work of clearing the way for coalition troops in harm’s way.” Separately, Force Protection Industries, Inc. was awarded on March 30, 2011 a firm fixed price modification to existing contract M67854-07-D-5031 for approximately $11.4m for a 10-month renewal of 46 field service representatives to install liner blanket kits, modernization safety kits, and conduct general maintenance work on the Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle fleet supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. All work will be performed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and will be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. (Source: Shephard)

13 Apr 11. Iveco presents new Special Forces LMV. Iveco Defence Vehicles is building on the remarkable commercial and operational success of its Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) to develop a version dedicated to Special Forces operations. Currently deployed in Afghanistan by seven different nations, the LMV is well regarded by its users, and its high levels of protection and mobility have already saved numerous lives. The decision to develop a Special Forces variant was supported by a number of
SF units, enabling their specific operational requirements to be taken into consideration form the design phase. The result is a robust, mobile adaptable platform which is well placed to meet the demands of SF missions. After presenting a first prototype at IDET 2009 and DVD 2009, Iveco will now display the latest version of its SF LMV at IDET 2011. The new model features the same well-proven drive train and running gear of the standard version, although its armoured cab has been stripped down to a minimum, providing optimum situational awareness and enabling rapid dismount. The vehicle benefits from the proven LMV chassis which ensures logistic commonality for those armies which already deploy the standard LMV. The 140 kW engine provides a power-to-weight ratio of about 20 kW/t and is coupled to a six speed automatic gearbox with hydro-dynamic coupling converter and transfer-box. The low profile of the rear of the vehicle allows unrestricted visibility and allows the use of weapons -over a 360 degree arc. On and off road mobility: LMV was specifically designed to provide the user with outstanding mobility and terrain accessibility. To this end, the vehicle incorporates design features such as independent suspension, c

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