London-based BAE Systems was awarded a five-year $55.9 million contract from the U.S. Army for services related to Bradley Fighting Vehicles that will include work at the company's York County facility.
BAE Systems Land and Armaments, the division that builds, repairs and upgrades land-based vehicles for the military, will provide engineering design, logistics, test and evaluation services for the Army’s Bradley Engineering Change Proposal Effort, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The process is meant to correct issues the Bradley has with its core attributes, such as size, weight, power and cooling, BAE spokesman Randy Coble said. As armor or new technologies are added to the vehicle, that changes how the engine performs.
The re-engineering efforts correct that to keep the Bradley’s working at optimal performance, he said.
Work on the contract will take place at BAE’s West Manchester Township facility, as well as at locations in Michigan and California, according to the DOD. The contract is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 29, 2017. The work will be done by the current workforce at midstate facility, Coble said.
BAE recently announced it’s in talks with EADS N.V., a leading European aerospace and defense contractor, to possibly combine the companies for greater innovation and financial stability in the future.
The announcement comes in a year when BAE and other military contractors are fearing U.S. defense cuts. BAE has taken an active role in urging politicians to avoid the cuts known as sequestration, which the company says would mean layoffs at factories around the country.