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Letterkenny produces 280 vehicles that protect troops

November 28, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Letterkenny Army Depot recently celebrated the completed production of more than 280 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.

The so-called RG33 vehicles were part of a 22-month production schedule with BAE Systems, according to a news release. The final RG33 vehicle off the assembly line will be delivered to the government next week, the release stated.

Col. Steven Shapiro, depot commander, recently returned from Kuwait.

"I witnessed firsthand MRAPs coming into Kuwait and feel proud that we have helped to get the vehicles to the war fighter to protect them in this fight," Shapiro said.

"We have made history. Employees have put in long hours in order to complete these vehicles in months, rather than in years," said Dave Loudermilk, BAE Systems' site manager at Letterkenny.

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The RG33 was developed in 2006 to provide troops in Iraq with a vehicle that provides protection against rocket-propelled grenades, roadside bombs and other projectiles.

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