Afghan army MSFVAccording to Textron Marine & Land Systems, the US army contracting command, Warren, Mich., has awarded a $113.4 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce an additional 135 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) for the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Work will be performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems’ facilities in the New Orleans area, with vehicle deliveries scheduled through February 2014.

Tom Walmsley, TM&LS senior vice president and general manager said, “Several kandaks are fully trained and beginning to stand up Afghanistan’s quick reaction force capability.”

“These vehicles deliver a combination of lethality, survivability, mobility and sustainability crucial to the Army’s ability to effectively respond to security threats and maintain the peace.” Tom Walmsley said.

In the meantime General Sher Mohammad Karimi, chief of general staff of the ANA asid  high-end armored capabilities are “critical to the survival of the state to develop capabilities to fight insurgents.”

While speaking at he International Armoured Vehicles Conference in Farnborough, UK, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi said, the MSFV has been “significantly upgraded from the original design to make it more survivable in the IED environment.”

The MSFV is a 4×4 armored vehicle and the variants to be delivered includes MSFV with enclosed turret; MSFV with Objective Gunner’s Protection Kit; and an MSFV ambulance.

The vehicles are being contracted through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.

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