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Program History 2006-

In December 2006, Force Protection announced it was entering into a partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems to deliver Cougar MRAPs and support for the vehicles to the US Military. The decision was made in order to help Force Protection cope with the increasing demands for MRAP vehicles. In 2007, General Dyamics established 2 new production sites in Alabama to support the partnership. The 80,000-square foot main General Dynamics assembly site for MRAP vehicles would eventually employ 220 new workers in Oxford, Alabama. A supporting production site on Anniston Army Depot would employ 50 new workers.

In April 2007, the first of approximately 60 Cougar JERRVs were delivered to US Naval Construction elements (Seabees) in Iraq. These vehicles were intended to replace existing HMMWVs being used by the Naval Construction Battalions' Convoy Security Teams. Seabee CSTs traveling from Camp Fallujah were the first naval construction units to receive the new vehicles. Also in April 2007, General Dynamics Land Systems announced it had been sent a $244.5 million work order from Force Protection, Inc. for the production of Cougar MRAPs.

In June 2007, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a report suggesting that the US Army and US Marine Corps had been wrong in continuing to award contracts to Force Protection, Inc. for Cougar and Buffalo Vehicles. The Marine Corps Systems Command awarded sole-source contracts to Force Protection, Inc., for the Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle even though Marine Corps Systems Command officials knew other sources were available for competition. In addition, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and Marine Corps Systems Command officials did not adequately justify the commercial nature of 3 commercial contracts with Force Protection, Inc., for the Cougar and the Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle. As a result, the Marine Corps Systems Command continued to award contracts for armored vehicles to Force Protection, Inc., even though Force Protection, Inc., did not perform as a responsible contractor and repeatedly failed to meet contractual delivery schedules for getting vehicles to the theater. In addition, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and Marine Corps Systems Command decisions to award commercial contracts to Force Protection, Inc., were said to have possibly limited the Government's ability to ensure it paid fair and reasonable prices for the contracts. Force Protection responded to the inspector General's report in July 2007, defending its record and stating that its products had conclusively saved American lives.

In July 2007, General Dynamics Land Systems announced it had been sent a $111.5 million work order from Force Protection, Inc. for the production of 235 Cougar MRAPs.

Despite the Inspector General Report, the Department of Defense announced on 10 August 2007, that Force Protection Industries, Inc., of Ladson, South Carolina, had been awarded by Marine Corps Systems Command $69,799,900 for delivery order #0005 under previously awarded firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-07-D-5031) to purchase 25 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category I Cougar vehicles and 100 MRAP Category II Cougar vehicles. Work would be performed in Ladson, South Carolina, Anniston, Alabama, and Sealy, Texas. Work was expected to be completed December 2007.

On 8 October 2007, BAE Systems announced that it had been award a contract to fit its L-Rod slat/bar armor kit to US Army RG-31 and Cougar MRAP vehicles. This system had already been fitted to Buffalo vehicles in US Army service. Also in October 2007, General Dynamics Land Systems announced it had been sent a $188.8 million work order from Force Protection, Inc. for the production of 401 Cougar MRAPs. In November 2007, General Dynamics Land Systems announced it had been sent a $47.2 million work order from Force Protection, Inc. for Cougar MRAP spare parts.

In January 2008, General Dynamics Land Systems announced it had been sent a $99 million work order from Force Protection, Inc. for the production of 183 Cougar MRAPs. In February 2008, they recieved 2 additional work orders for MRAPs from Force Protection, totalling $44 million.

In December 2008, the Department of Defense announced that Force Protection Industries, Inc., of Ladson, South Carolina, had been awarded by Marine Corps Systems Command a $10,429,958.00 firm fixed priced modification to previously awarded Delivery Order 0007 for the purchase of armor kits (B-Kits) to be installed on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category I Cougar vehicles. Work would be performed in Ladson, South Carolina and in the OIF/OEF Areas of Responsibility. Work was expected to be completed by 30 June 2009.

In April 2009, the Department of Defense announced that BAE Systems information and Electronic Systems Integration, Washington DC had been awarded by TACOM Contracting Center, Detroit Arsenal, a $ 15,984,010 firm fixed price indefinitzed contractual action with 12 month period of performance contract for 2 Bar Armor kits prototypes (1 each) for the RG-31 and Cougar Category I Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles. This contract also included 325 production Bar Armor Kits for the Cougar Category I MRAP. Work was to be performed in Washington, District of Colombia, with an estimated completion date of 1 May 2009.

In June 2009, the Department of Defense announced that Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., had been awarded a $21,440,496 firm-fixed-price delivery order #0012 modification by Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5031) for the purchase of field service representative support for the installation of the independent suspension kits on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Cougar vehicles. Work would be performed at the MRAP Sustainment Facility in Kuwait. Work was expected to be completed by 31 December 2009.

In July 2009, the Department of Defense announced that Force Protection Industries, Inc., of Ladson, South Carolina, had been awarded a $58,009,282 firm-fixed-priced modification to previously awarded delivery order #0012 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5031) by Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico for the purchase of Field Service Representative Support, Equipment, Consumables, Bench Stock, and Training for the Installation of the Independent Suspension Kits on the MRAP Cougar Vehicles. Work would be performed at the MRAP Sustainment Facility in Kuwait. Work was expected to be completed by 28 February 2010.

When Marines reported their Cougar MRAP vehicles operated well on-road, but needed improvements to operate off-road in the rugged Afghanistan terrain, the MRAP Joint Program Office took action. In partnership with industry, the Joint Program Office developed an independent suspension system (ISS) that greatly enhanced how the vehicle handled in rough terrain. They then began immediately modifying more than 2,500 Cougars with the ISS.

The bulk of the installations have been completed at the MRAP Sustainment Facility (MSF) in Kuwait by a dedicated team from government and industry work-ing together toward one goal: equipping the warfighter to win. The first modified trucks came off the MSF line in July 2009. In April 2010, the facility completed its 1,000th fully mission capable Cougar. Although the Marine Corps owned the majority of the Cougars, a portion of the ISS kits procured had been installed on Navy and Air Force Cougars. Future retrofits would include Marine Corps vehicles loaned to the Army and coalition forces.




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