BAE Systems has received a $15 million U.S. government contract to produce commercial armored vehicles at its armoring plant in West Chester. Production will begin in the spring of 2011 and is expected to completed by December of 2011.
This order is a testament to the confidence our customers have in BAE Systems’ ability to produce commercial armored vehicles that are both inconspicuous and armor protected, providing the vehicles’ occupants with the extra security and peace of mind they require,” said Brian Dawes, program manager for BAE Systems’ Commercial Armored Vehicles.
The commercial sedans, vans, trucks and SUVs BAE Systems armors are designed to appear like original equipment manufacturer vehicles, but in actuality, they are completely disassembled first, before being rebuilt and reinforced with armor components.
According to its press release, BAE Systems holds the coveted distinction of being the largest supplier of commercial armored vehicles to the U.S. Government. The company’s heritage in commercial armored vehicles dates back to the 1940s when it designed its first armored vehicle for U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Since then, BAE Systems has grown its commercial armoring business into a world-class operation with customers around the globe.
Less than one week ago, BAE Systems in West Chester announced that it has received a $7 million order from Daimler Trucks North America to produce armor kits for M915A5 military line haul tractors.
The West Chester plant also made news in early September when it announced that it would reduce its workforce by an additional 300 positions.