The Ladson, SC maker of mine-resistant vehicles is set to increase production:
Force Protection, Inc. today announced it has received a $221
million contract award to produce 455 vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps' Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. Force Protection
has received contracts to produce more than 1,800 MRAP vehicles to date. This
marks the fourth delivery order the manufacturer has received under the MRAP
program. The order calls for 395 Category I Cougar 4X4 and 60 Category II Cougar
6X6 vehicles, which will go to all branches of the U.S. military. Production of
the vehicles is slated for completion by the end of 2008.
"We are delighted to receive this most recent order,"
said Force Protection COO Raymond Pollard. "It permits us in concert with
General Dynamics Land Systems and other partnered contractors to continue to
increase the rate at which MRAP vehicles are being delivered to our government
customer. We, of course, anticipate more orders to sustain that rate, which is
currently scheduled to exceed 400 vehicles per month by February
Keep 'em coming guys, and keep our troops safe!