Published May 28, 2014
Under a multimillion-dollar defense contract, Science Applications International Corp. will update armored vehicles that transport Marines.
The majority of the work will be performed in Charleston. The company will engineer, design and test upgrades to 10 prototype and 52 low-rate initial production vehicles for the Legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle Personnel Carrier Variant Platform program.
The Assault Amphibious Vehicles are designed to assault any shoreline from Navy ships. The armored vehicles transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory, according to a news release.
Under the contract, SAIC will update the vehicles to provide improved protection. The initial $16 million contract value is to execute preliminary and critical design reviews during the first 10 months.
Additional options for prototype vehicle build and testing may be performed, resulting in a total contract value of more than $192 million over five years.
“SAIC’s past performance demonstrates its ability to adhere to schedule, improve existing vehicles from assembly to integration and test, and still reduce risk and cost,” said Tom Watson, senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group, in a statement.
The U.S. Marine Corps Program Executive Office — Land Systems awarded the contract.
Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC’s approximately 13,000 employees serve customers in the federal government, state and local, and global commercial markets.