BAE Systems has landed a $629 million contract to upgrade a series of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the US military.
1,700 MRAP trucks will be upgraded to the Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), which integrates a refurbished and improved armored capsule from an existing Caiman with a new high-power automotive power train, chassis and independent suspension.
The Caiman MTV will feature an enhanced monolithic floor, a strengthened chassis frame and blast absorbing seats.
Improved mobility will be delivered through a greater vehicle track width, a strong independent suspension and an upgraded powertrain.
The upgraded interior includes an upgraded HVAC temperature control system to protect soldiers and computer equipment from hot and cold extremes.
Under the contract, the driveable rolling chassis will be produced in Sealy, Texas and delivered to the Joint Progress Office from November 2010. Final integration will be completed jointly by BAE Systems’ and U.S. Government personnel.