BAE SYSTEMS SECURES ADDITIONAL ORDER FOR 773 SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNED RG-31 MINE PROTECTED VEHICLES
22 Jul 2008 | Ref. 213/2008
BENONI, South Africa - BAE Systems has received an order worth ZAR1.5 billion (£150 million or approximately US$300 million) to produce 773 RG-31 Mk5E Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps' Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle programme.
Production of the South African designed RG-31 vehicles will take place in South Africa and the United States. BAE Systems' Land Systems OMC business in Benoni, South Africa will manufacture 440 of the vehicles with the remaining 333 to be built under licence by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.
Delivery orders will be completed by April 2009.
Johan Steyn, Managing Director of Land Systems South Africa, said: "This new order testifies to the superior protection the battle-proven RG-31 provides, founded on the mine-resistant vehicle expertise South Africa brings to BAE Systems. It once again also proves the high quality engineering and manufacturing capability the company maintains here."
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US$ $31.4 billion) in 2007.
For further information, please contact
Natasha Pheiffer, BAE Systems
Tel: +27 11 747 3381 Mobile: +27 (0)79 526 23 62
Susan Lenover, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 703 907 8259 Mobile: +1 703 850 1261
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