Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), has been awarded a subcontract order from defense contractor BAE Systems to support the production of 32 Armored Utility Vehicles under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) program.
Under the terms of the subcontract, the Michigan-based custom chassis manufacturer will supply and integrate key chassis components for the United States Special Operations Command MRAP vehicles for delivery beginning in March 2011 and continuing through July 2011. Additionally, Spartan will support suspension upgrades for enhanced mobility of more than 200 MRAP variants previously produced by BAE Systems.
"This subcontract is another win for our U.S. forces that are in harm's way,” said John Sztykiel, President and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Countering the significant threat posed by improvised explosive devices remains a constant battle every day in Afghanistan. Just as in Iraq, these specialized armored vehicles will assist our servicemen and women in accomplishing their missions safely.
"Subcontract awards such as this one validate the technical innovation and operational strengths of Spartan's defense and government business unit. Fulfilling smaller orders with greater product variation in a short timeframe is our niche."
In addition to this award, Spartan continues its ongoing support of MRAP prime contractors and the U.S. Government by providing spare/replacement parts for many of the MRAP vehicles built at Spartan since 2005.