will upgrade 1,700 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected ( ) vehicles, under a $629 million contract awarded by the Joint Program Office (JPO).
The upgraded vehicle will include a refurbished and improved armored capsule, derived from existings. Unlike the classic ‘floating floor’ blast-protected floor, the new capsule is integrated with ‘enhanced monolithic floor’, strengthened frame and blast protected seats, improving the survivability of the passengers and crew. The new vehicle uses an uprated automotive power train, chassis and independent suspension. The upgraded interior also includes an upgraded HVAC temperature control system to protect soldiers and critical computer equipment from hot and cold extremes. The vehicle’s improved mobility is achieved with a greater vehicle track width, a strong independent suspension and an upgraded powertrain.
The upgraded vehicle is designated ‘Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV)‘. These enhancements will provide greater levels of mobility and survivability required in Afghan theater of operation. “The Caiman is a very adaptable configuration that can be customized to meet a variety of missions” said Dennis Morris, president, Global Tactical Systems.
BAE Systems introduced the Caimanearlier this year following a rapid design and development program. The new award is the first order of the new vehicle. BAE Systems will deliver the first Caiman MTVs from its production line at Sealy, TX in November 2010. Further integration will continue by the Navy.