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BAE Wins $58M for Caiman MRAP Testing

SEALY, Texas --- BAE Systems has been awarded a $58 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle test support.

The contract supports the MRAP Expedient Armor Program's testing of the Caiman vehicle through extensive research and development to counter the threat of Explosively Formed Penetrators, which includes modeling and simulation, prototype testing and re-testing of design solutions to quickly react to evolving threats.

“This contract modification clearly illustrates the complexity of the MRAP program and the depth of our capabilities,” said Chris Chambers, vice president of Medium/Heavy Vehicles for BAE Systems. “Our Caiman offers advanced protection and safety to our armed services and we are very proud to be successfully working with the MRAP Joint Program Office.”

Under the contract award, BAE Systems will supply and produce additional armor protection and replacement parts, assist in the test and evaluation of these products, and work with the government test community to complete the initial operational test and evaluation.

Work on this contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia, will be performed in Sealy, Texas and is expected to be complete by September 2008.

The Caiman is one of three types of MRAP vehicles manufactured by BAE Systems, including the RG33 and RG31. BAE Systems orders for MRAPs account for more than 35 percent of all MRAP orders.

BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 96,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded $27 billion in 2006 on a pro forma basis, assuming BAE Systems had owned Armor Holdings Inc for the whole of 2006.

BAE Systems Receives $58 Million U.S. Marine Corps Contract for MRAP Testing Support