Textron To Supply 65 MSFV To The Afghanistan Army

  • 12:00 AM, April 26, 2012
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Textron Marine & Land Systems has been awarded a second option award from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for 65 additional Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA). These vehicles are added to the current Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) and have a not-to-exceed value of $71.4 million. Three variants are being produced: MSFV with enclosed turret; MSFV with objective gunner protection kit; and MSFV ambulance. In May 2011, Textron received an award for full-rate production of 240 MSFVs along with associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids. “It’s gratifying to learn about the Afghan soldiers’ enthusiasm as they move through their operator training program,” said Tom Walmsley, TM&LS senior vice president and general manager. “They are beginning to understand and experience the MSFV’s full range of capabilities—in terms of mobility, firepower, survivability and protection—in the environment where they’ll use these vehicles to carry out missions and respond to threats throughout the country”. All Mobile Strike Force Vehicles are derived from the combat-proven M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), and are configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which improves blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels. The ES-equipped vehicles continue to possess the ASV’s original, all-important V-shaped hull design, in addition to innovative protection design features that enable them to meet MRAP blast protection standards.