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BAE Systems receives $53M contract for Bradley work

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BAE Systems' York County facility has received a $53 million contract for conversion work on a small fleet of Bradley Fighting Vehicles for the U.S. Army, which will keep the line operating until mid-2015, the company said today.

BAE’s facility in West Manchester Township repairs and upgrades Bradley vehicles for the military. In this latest contract, the company will convert 70 “Cavalry” Bradleys into a variant for combat engineers, the company said. The contract will begin in the fall of 2014.

The contract will help keep the facility open after BAE made significant cutbacks because of reduced work on the Bradleys. In December, BAE said it would cut 135 workers over three months due to cutbacks in Bradley work.

Those cutbacks will not be affected by the new contract, even though the contract is a step in the right direction to keeping the factory open, BAE spokesman Randy Coble said.

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