BAE Army Bradley Upgrade Contract Now $646M; Joe McCarthy Comments

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BAE Systems‘ contract to upgrade Bradley vehicles for the U.S. Army is now worth $646 million, the company announced Monday.

The company said it received a $306 million contract modification in addition to the $340 million BAE has received to purchase upgrade materials for the Bradley program.

Today’s Bradley vehicles are designed to be interoperable on the digital battlefield, said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of combat vehicles.

Minnesota and Pennsylvania National Guard units will receive the new vehicles as well as combined armed battalions in the Kansas, South Carolina and Ohio Guard units.

Operation Desert Storm M2A2, M3A2 and M7 Bradley Fire Support Team vehicles will have new electronics for network connectivity and communication hardware.

According to the company, the Army can use the vehicles in close-combat, urban scenarios and open-combat situations.

Work is scheduled begin in August 2012 with final delivery set for April 2014.

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