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Depot delivers 1,000th MRAP

May 24, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The delivery to the U.S. military of the 1,000th RG33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was marked this week with a rollout ceremony at Building 52 in the Cumberland Valley Business Park.

"I'd like to point out that in March 2007, we delivered four production verification and test models to the Marine Corps," Matt Riddle, vice president of the Wheeled Vehicle Program for BAE Systems Inc., said at Tuesday's ceremony "We meet today having built and delivered 1,000 - with another 1,222 slated for delivery over the next six months."

"Right now, there are approximately 300 RG33s deployed and in theater in Iraq and Afghanistan," Riddle said. "More than a dozen have sustained IED (improvised explosive device) attacks and withstood them."

Letterkenny Army Depot is acting as a subcontractor to BAE to boost production of the vehicles, which are used as infantry carriers, for convoy escort, as ambulances, reconnaissance, command and control, and other roles.

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Letterkenny has been modifying the vehicles since late 2007, an operation that is transitioning to production of the heavily armored vehicles, the depot announced earlier this year. Work is to be performed at Building 350 in the depot and Building 52 in the adjacent business park, Depot Commander Col. Steven Shapiro said in March.

Complete production of MRAPs is scheduled to begin by this fall at the depot, Shapiro said in March.

BAE also is producing the 38,000-pound vehicles at facilities in York, Pa., Aiken, S.C., Fairfield, Ohio, and Sealy, Texas, according to a company announcement. Major components also are manufactured in Michigan, according to BAE.

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