Jordan’s M113 Upgrade Program
In August 2006, a $156 million DSCA request for the refurbishment/ sustainment of 1,000 M113A1 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to M113A2-Jordan configuration was one of a slew of DSCA announcements. The request included various upgraded conversion kits: diesel engines, transmission upgrades and overhaul, differential conversions, suspension upgrades, cooling system upgrades, and drive train upgrades; spare and repair parts; and support. The contractor is BAE Land Systems & Armaments in Santa Clara, CA. See full DSCA release [PDF format].
As DID’s June 2006 article observed, Jordan has already upgraded its M113 vehicle camouflage to a digital-fractal pattern. The tracked APCs offer significant advantages in off-road tactical mobility, a truth recently re-learned by the Canadian Forces during Operation Medusa in Afghanistan.
Orders are now fully underway…
Unless otherwise specified, all contracts are issued by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI to BAE Systems in Santa Clara, CA. BAE Systems will produce the kits for the Jordan Armed Forces, as well as provide technical assistance to the Jordanians as they install the kits. The U.S. government will deliver the kits.
March 27/09: BAE Systems in Santa Clara, CA received a $43.3 million firm fixed contract to implement the 300 vehicle Jordanian M113A2 MK1 upgrade and conversion kit program. Work is to be performed at Zarqa, Jordan with an estimated completion date of Jan 31/11. One bid was solicited one bid received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command at TACOM in Warren, MI (W56HZV-09-C-0236).
The production and acquisition of materials for the kits will be managed out of the BAE Systems facility in Sterling Heights, MI, with additional work being performed in York, PA. See also June 15/09 BAE announcement.
March 2/07: An $8.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for remanufacturing technical assistance, modification kits, and overhaul/ spare parts for Phase 3 to upgrade Jordan’s existing M113A1 Fleet to the M113A2 MK1 Configuration.
Work will be performed in Hopkins, MN (23%), Minneapolis, MN (23%), Emporia, KS (26%), and Turkey (28%), and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2008. This was a sole source contract initiated on Jan. 25, 2007 (W56HZV-07-C-0112).