BAE Systems recently received a $47 million contract modification to modernize 95 M2/M3 Bradley armored vehicles, through the reset process – replacing old and damaged components with updated equipment and technology. “As the mission and combat environments for our soldiers are changing, we are working to provide a modernized Bradley Fighting Vehicle that continues to perform at an optimal level, providing increased survivability and enhanced situational awareness components,” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team Systems for BAE Systems.
Under this contract, the Bradley vehicles will be reset and converted from the Bradley Operation Desert Storm (ODS) model to the Bradley Operation Desert Storm Situational Awareness (ODS SA) configuration. The modernization process includes replacing obsolete equipment with updated components, restoring the vehicle to pre-combat condition. In addition, the new package features modern C4 systems, providing optimal situational awareness, network connectivity and communication within the Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
The award represents half of the $94 million framework Bradley upgrades contract recently awarded to BAE Systems by awarded by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management. Work will be performed by the company’s existing workforce at its facilities in Fayette and York, Pennsylvania, as well as the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas. Vehicle deliveries will begin in March 2012 and will end in June 2012. Additional orders for the balance of the contract value may be awarded in the future.