BAE Systems recently announced that it has received a $7 million order from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) to produce armor kits for M915A5 military line haul tractors.
U.S. Army and reserve units often use M915 series line haul tractors to transport needed troop supplies from ocean ports to division support areas within a theatre of operation. Working with DTNA, BAE Systems developed an armor package for the M915A5 model, consisting of both an A-kit and B-kit.
This order is for 380 A-kits, which includes a reinforced armored cab and chassis engineered to provide additional protection to soldiers inside the vehicle, as well as support the added weight of supplemental armor panels.
“This work shows how BAE Systems, as a leading designer, developer and producer of survivability systems, is able to leverage its expertise and work with original equipment manufacturers such as Daimler Trucks North America to produce armored vehicles that are protecting U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Don Dutton, Vice President of BAE Systems’ Platform Survivability business.
BAE Systems received an initial $32 million contract for M915A5 A-kits from DTNA in September 2009.
The company also produces B-kits for M915A5 trucks as determined and requested by the U.S. Army. The B-kit consists of field installed, customizable and removable armor panels which interface with the A-kit to provide maximum protection to the crew.
BAE Systems’ Cincinnati-based Platform Survivability business is a leading provider of protection, security and survivability systems. It is a technology leader in lightweight materials, including composites, ceramic and transparent armor technologies, integrated vehicle armor systems, vehicle and aircraft survivability components and accessories. With the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces, it prioritizes the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, through the integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing, and field trials.