BAE receives more Army work worth $47.7M

BAE Systems’ York County facility has received another contract worth $47.7 million to purchase situational awareness materials for upgrades to Bradley Fighting Vehicles, according to the Department of Defense.

The contract is an addition to a $250 million order the company received in November just to purchase the kits that upgrade the Bradleys’ computers, electronics and communications, said Shannon Smith, a BAE spokeswoman.

The company is purchasing 247 kits for the Army, she said. The majority will be used immediately, with 42 kits left for future vehicle upgrades. BAE received a similar contract in early February.

The new contract will not have an effect on BAE’s workforce in West Manchester Township, where the company is performing the Bradley upgrades, Smith said.

BAE and production workers represented by the United Steelworkers have been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement for nearly a year. Local 7687’s previous five-year deal expired April 30, and it has twice rejected company proposals.

In February, the London-based company laid off 50 people — half from the union, half salaried workers — due to workload reductions at the facility. The union represents more than 600 of BAE’s 1,530 workers.

Jim T. Ryan

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