Spartan Chassis receives $53 million subcontract orders for MRAP production

Spartan Chassis Inc, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc, has been awarded new subcontract orders worth approximately $53 million from defense contractor BAE Systems to support the production of advanced tactical vehicles under the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected, or MRAP, program.

Under the subcontracts, the Michigan-based custom chassis manufacturer will supply and integrate key chassis components for BAE Systems' RG-33 MRAP military vehicles. The vehicles are scheduled to be completed in 2007 and are slated for use by the United States military. This award marks the third major MRAP-related subcontract in less than a month for Spartan Chassis, involving three different defense contractor OEMs.

Spartan Chassis said production support for the vehicles will be completed at its newly expanded military chassis facility near Lansing MI. The MRAPs are prized by the military for their V-shape hulls, raised chassis, and improved armor, which help protect servicemen and women from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, mines, and other hazards of war.

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