BAE, Northrop Team Taps Ford for Tactical Vehicle Engines

BAE Systems has selected Ford Motor Co. to provide engines for a BAE-led light vehicle production team, the defense and aerospace contractor announced Monday.

The team, including Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and Meritor Defense, will submit proposals for the vehicle’s engineering and manufacturing development phase Wednesday.

That phase covers the delivery of 22 prototype vehicles and spare parts for the testing stage. Capture Lead Glenn Laartin said the vehicles can be transported via land or sea.

The government plans to award up to three engineering and manufacturing contracts in June 2012.

Ford’s Power Stroke 6.7 liter turbocharged diesel engine will power the team’s joint light tactical vehicle.

The automaker uses the Power Stroke for it’s F-Series Super Duty trucks.

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