Textron to build as many as 255 MSFV armored combat vehicles and vetronics in $332.9 million deal
WARREN, Mich. – Armored combat vehicles experts at Textron Systems will build as many as 255 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) and vetronics for use in Afghanistan under terms of a $332.9 million contract announced Wednesday.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command in Warren, Mich., are asking the Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems segment in New Orleans to start delivering the MSFV systems by next spring. The MSFV is a four-wheel armored vehicle that Textron developed originally for the Afghanistan National Army.
It is a modified and updated version of a Textron M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) with extra protection while still using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts.
The MSFV has enhanced survivability such as underbody and wheel blast protection. It can be fitted with an enclosed turret with day and night weapons sights and gunner protection. Its weapons include the M48 .50 caliber machine gun and Mk 19 40-millimeter grenade launcher.
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The MSFV can transport seven or more passengers, and comes in variants including armored personnel carrier and armored ambulance. It was designed to give the Afghan army rapidly deployable mobile armored capability with maneuverability in all kinds of terrain.
These military combat vehicles typically deployed into the quick reaction force (QRF) battalions of the Afghanistan National Army, also known as kandaks.
On this contract Textron will do the work in locations determined with each order, and should be finished by October 2024. For more information contact Textron Marine and Land Systems online at www.textronsystems.com, or the Army Contracting Command-Warren at http://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-wrn.
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