CINCINNATI --- BAE Systems has received a $15 million contract from the U.S. Government for production of commercial armored vehicles.
“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.
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.
The armored vehicles will be manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Production will begin in the spring of 2011, and is expected to be completed by December 2011.
BAE Systems’ Cincinnati-based Platform Survivability business is a leading provider of protection, security and survivability systems. It is a technology leader in lightweight materials, including composites, ceramic and transparent armor technologies, integrated vehicle armor systems, vehicle and aircraft survivability components and accessories. Not only is the company focused on the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, its integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing, and field trials, support the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).