On Wednesday, BAE Systems announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM), to manufacture 64 Increased Crew Protection (ICP) cab upgrade kits for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract, which also includes 65 cab up-armor applique kits and spares, is worth $13.97 million.
The HIMARS ICP cab features a unique design. It’s armored and has more than 40 enhancements from previous cab designs to make it the safest, most reliable chassis available for HIMARS crews, according to the company. The ICP is designed to protect its crew from ballistic attack, mine blast, foreign object debris, and the fumes associated with rocket launch. Among its key enhancements are: improved crew survivability, hatch and door ergonomics, cab entry and exit, pressurization and water entry sealing. Composite materials were used to meet mission essential transportability requirements.
“This cab provides a new level of crew protection for soldiers and Marines and ensures they maintain a high level of tactical mobility, ” said company Global Tactical Systems president Dennis Morris. “This upgrade represents BAE Systems’ support of the HIMARS program and our ability to modernize and upgrade the existing HIMARS fleet.”