This order is for 380 A-kits, which includes a reinforced armored cab and chassis engineered to provide additional protection to soldiers inside the vehicle, as well as support the added weight of supplemental armor panels.
“This work shows how BAE Systems, as a leading designer, developer and producer of survivability systems, is able to leverage its expertise and work with original equipment manufacturers such as Daimler Trucks North America to produce armored vehicles that are protecting U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Don Dutton, vice president of BAE Systems’ Platform Survivability business.
BAE Systems received an initial $32 million contract for M915A5 A-kits from DTNA in September 2009.
The company also produces B-kits for M915A5 trucks as determined and requested by the U.S. Army. The B-kit consists of field installed, customizable and removable armor panels which interface with the A-kit to provide maximum protection to the crew.
The West Chester plant also made news in early September when it announced that it would reduce its workforce by an additional 300 positions.