The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a $23.75 million contract to manufacture 65 launcher chassis for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract also includes 65 cab armor kits for the system and will be delivered to the Army and Marine Corps by December 2010.
The contract requires BAE Systems to manufacture the XM1140A1 Launcher Chassis to include the Increased Crew Protection (ICP) cab, for which BAE received a contract last month to upgrade. The HIMARS is a platform unique to BAE, who introduced it in 2003. The system can support a range of rockets and missiles, including all munition variants of the Multiple Launch Rocket System. Dennis Morris, President of Global Tactical Systems at BAE, said “With our ICP cab technology and sharing many of the same components as our combat proven Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), these up-armored HIMARS chassis demonstrate BAE Systems’ unique ability to support the entire FMTV-based fleet.”