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BAE Systems has won a $54 million contract to upgrade 236 Brazilian M113 armored personnel carriers. 

The estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2018, the company announced Thursday.

One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $35 million were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan is the contracting activity.

The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that was developed by Food Machinery Corp (FMC). It introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter than earlier vehicles and it was thick enough to protect the crew and passengers against small arms fire. Moreover, it was also light enough that the vehicle was air transportable and moderately amphibious.

The M113 is part of the largest family of tracked vehicles in the world, and has more than 40 variants. It can transport more than 12 troops and a driver, and can perform long distance travel over rough terrain, while also capable of high-speed operation on roads and highways.

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