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The MRAP-ATV is the new lighter, more maneuverable MRAP made for service in Afghanistan. Oshkosh won the production contract and so far has been awarded contracts for over 8,000 vehicles by the U.S. military. Plasan Bennington makes armor plates for the vehicles and as Oshkosh receives contracts so does the Vermont company.
It announced that Oshkosh had given it a sub-contract worth over $170 million as part of a recent order of 1,460 MRAP vehicles. As the U.S. industry geared up to produce not only MRAPs but also uparmored HUMVEE and trucks several companies expanded their capabilities. Plasan Bennington is one along with BAE Systems. Protection against IED and mines demands the production of sophisticated metal plates for use on military vehicles.
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This Summer Oshkosh was awarded the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) ATV contract to begin building new, lighter vehicles for use in Afghanistan. This is a multi-billion contract for several thousand of the lighter, more maneuverable vehicles. Obviously Oshkosh must then add awards to its suppliers.
One of the key ones is Plasan North America located in Vermont that builds armor plate for the new vehicle. Plasan is an Israeli based company that has expanded into the United States. The Israeli military has long experience with the kinds of vehicles like MRAP in their low level fighting in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. As Oshkosh makes their contracted 4,000 vehicles Plasan will make armor for them. The company is planning to expand its plant and hire more people as work ramps up.
Of course like all military contracts it will end one day and that may lead to plant closings and lay offs unless other work can be found. This is what BAE Systems is facing in Sealy, TX after losing a truck contract. This unfortunately is what the military procurement system does as it only the ability to support so many procurement programs at once.