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BAE to buy Bradley upgrade kits in $53M contract

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BAE Systems' York County facility has received a $53 million contract from the U.S. Army to buy additional armor and safety features for Bradley Fighting Vehicles, according to the Department of Defense.

The contract calls for London-based BAE to buy 3,034 Bradley Advanced Survivability Kits to add extra armor and interior safety measures to the infantry vehicles. Work for the contract will be done at BAE's facility in West Manchester Township and is expected to be complete by the end of June, according to the department.

BAE's York County facility has received several other contracts this year for Bradley upgrades and repairs, including one in March worth nearly $48 million to purchase situational awareness kits to upgrade vehicle computers, electronics and communication technology.

On April 11, BAE and its workers represented by the United Steelworkers Local 7687 approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The company and the union have not released contract details. The union represents about 600 of BAE's 1,600 employees.

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