BAE Systems, the London-based defense contractor with a York County facility, has received a $68.7 million contract with the U.S. Army for Bradley Fighting Vehicle upgrades yet said that work is not connected with planned workforce cuts.
The company's West Manchester Township facility will upgrade Bradleys with new situational awareness packages that include the latest computer, communication and surveillance equipment as part of the contract through May 2014, according to the Defense Department.
The contract is the second in a week for BAE's midstate factory, which announced last month it would have to lay off or furlough about 210 workers on the Bradley lines because a military contract is being delayed.
The latest contract announcement is not related to that and will not change the workforce cuts, BAE spokeswoman Shannon Booker said.
BAE dislikes a potential three-year shutdown of the Bradley programs from Congress, receiving support from Pennsylvania's U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and a number of other Senate colleagues from states with BAE facilities.
The company said it's expecting a drop in work at its facilities over the next several years due to automatic budget cuts.