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Mack Defense, JWF team for Lakota armored vehicle production
by Richard Tomkins
Allentown, Pa. (UPI) Jun 6, 2016

Raytheon to refurbish Marine Corps vehicles
Washington (UPI) Jun 6, 2016 - Raytheon has been awarded a U.S. Marine Corps contract worth up to $249 million over five years to rebuild vehicle engines, transmissions and electronics, the company said Monday.

The contract is part of the service's Secondary Reparable, or SECREP, program.

Under the program, the Marines take delivery of the refurbished items at about half the price of buying new, Raytheon said, and the savings can be re-invested into service logistics, ensuring the readiness of mission-essential vehicles.

About 1,000 various items are covered by the contract and will be serviced by a network of original equipment manufacturers, military depots and small business suppliers.

Raytheon passed about 60 percent of revenues to small businesses in previous programs, the company said.

Mack Defense has partnered with JWF Defense Systems for the assembly of Mack's 6x6 Lakota armored vehicle system, which will come in five variants.

Under the agreement, JWF Defense Systems will also manufacture armored hulls for the vehicles.

"We look forward to working with JWF Defense Systems on the assembly of these vehicle solutions along with production of their armored hulls," said Ryan Werling, president of Mack Defense, a member of the Volvo Group. "JWF Defense has a long tradition of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and we are excited to have them as part of our team.

"In addition to the partnership for the Lakota system, we also believe there is an opportunity for JWF to participate in the assembly of other armored vehicle programs that we are pursuing around the globe."

The Mack Defense's Lakota 6x6, which can carry as many as 12 soldiers, features a U.S.-built engine and transmission and has a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour. Its range is as much as 1,400 miles.

Mack Defense said the system offers the protection of a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, but has superior off-road mobility and increaded multi-mission capabilities because if its unique design and lighter weight.

"The Lakota 6x6 delivers the capabilities of an 8x8, but at a fraction of the cost," Werling said. "Combined with its MRAP-level protection, as well as lower overall lifecycle costs, the Lakota 6x6 is a compelling offer for any customer."

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