Spartan Chassis Inc. said it received a $52-million subcontract from Force Protection Inc. to support the production of Cougar series advanced tactical wheeled vehicles for military use.
The contract calls for the Charlotte, Mich.-based unit of Spartan Motors Inc., maker of custom chassis for motorhomes and emergency response cars and trucks, to supply and integrate key chassis components for the vehicles by March 2008.
Force Protection Inc. is a Ladson, S.C.-based manufacturer of mine-resistant ambush-protected military vehicles.
Company officials also said the new order brings Spartan Chassis’ total 2007 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) subcontract awards to approximately $317 million, which is more than triple its military subcontract orders in all of 2006. MRAP vehicles are prized by the military for their V-shaped hulls, raised chassis and improved armor, which help protect servicemen and women from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mines and other hazards of war.
“This award validates Spartan’s ongoing ability to meet the critical demands of both our OEM partners and the U.S. military,” said Richard Schalter, president of Spartan Chassis, in a statement. “Spartan is once again primed to leverage our specialty chassis expertise, along with our increased production capacity, to assist Force Protection in providing high-survivability vehicles to our troops.”