The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command today announced the issuance of a $417 million follow-on defense contract to Plymouth Township-based Loc Performance Products Inc. to restore lost mobility of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The contract is an extension of a $161 million contract awarded in 2014, representing the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle Engineering Change Proposal (ECP-1) production and fielding program.
“The Army is driving hundreds of millions of dollars out of the system for upgrades like this through competition,” says Lou Burr, president of Loc. “Loc is well positioned to win and deliver on competitive solicitations like this Bradley ECP-1 program.”
The additional funds were awarded to upgrade Bradley final drive, suspension, and track systems, as well as fielding at domestic Army fort locations and foreign camps in Kuwait, Germany, and South Korea.
“A key success factor for winning this award is Loc’s pro-active management approach for executing its programs,” says Jason Atkinson, COO of Loc. “This approach has allowed Loc to be at or ahead of schedule at all times, to accelerate when the army requested it, and to save the Army an additional $5,000 per vehicle by refurbishing removed suspension arms into their updated configuration.”
Loc currently produces 36 vehicles per month, and the new contract will add 2,264 vehicles to the 1,080 vehicles from the original contract.