- Extended contract adds 168 upgraded Bradly a4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
- Brings total production funding to $578 million
- BAE Systems is a major combat vehicle supplier
The U.S. Army extended BAE Systems Inc.’s contract by up to $269 million for production of its armored Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The Arlington, Va.-based defense contracting company with operations in Sterling Heights was tapped for 168 upgraded Bradley A4 fighting vehicles, according to a Tuesday news release. With a previous production round of 164 Bradley A4s, this brings the total funding to $578 million.
BAE Systems Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security firm. It expects work on the Bradley to occur at the Red River Army Depot in Texas, as well as BAE’s facilities in Sterling Heights; Aiken, S.C.; Anniston, Ala.; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Jose, Calif.; and York, Pa.
“The Bradley is one of the most critical vehicles in the Army’s (Armored Brigade Combat Teams) today because it allows the Army to transport troops to the fight, and provide covering fire to suppress enemy vehicles and troops,” said Scott Davis, vice president of combat vehicle programs for BAE Systems. “Upgrading to the A4 configuration provides soldiers with more power to increase their speed and ability to integrate enhanced technology to ensure they maintain the advantage on the battlefield.” more