The BAE subsidiary will supply some 326 self-defence weapon stations for the FCLV
, a new vehicle which will enable the British Army to carry out general command, liaison and reconnaissance tasks originally performed by the Ferret Scout Car.
will perform the command and liaison role and will replace a number of vehicle types including the SV430 series, Saxon and Land Rover.
Foss, armor and artillery specialist at Jane's International, said that the FCLV
will have to be survivable against small arms, artillery fragments and anti-tank mines.
"Newcastle has not been ruled out." But she added: "The FCLV
project remains at the design stage in Telford."
Trevor Harrison, managing director of Alvis Vickers, said: 'We are extremely pleased to have signed this contract for FCLV
and I would like to register my thanks to both the MoD, DPA and my own team at Alvis Vickers for their hard work in bringing this programme to contract.
Plans for the FCLV
and FRES systems were developed by the government after the abandonment of plans for a multi-role armoured vehicle or so-called 'battlefield taxi' in the mid1990s, for which Alvis would have been a major provider.
However Alvis Vickers recently won a pounds 200m order to build 486 Future Command and Liaison Vehicles (FCLV
) for the MoD with work on the all-terrain troop carriers expected to take place at Staffordshire.
Managing director of Alvis Vickers Trevor Harrison said the Multirole Light Vehicle selection for the FCLV
contract was great news.
However, the two development teams are bidding together for contracts like the FCLV
and a new digital communications command vehicle.
But "rationalisation" has led the Government to slash its order for Future Command and Liaison Vehicles (FCLV
) to just 401.
The amalgamated company was originally bidding to build the FCLV
as two companies, Alvis Vehicles, and Vickers Defence Systems.
United Defence - which was attracted to the region by Northern Defence Industries - previously pledged to invest pounds 50m with contractors while bidding to build 400 Future Command and Liaison Vehicles (FCLV
) for the Ministry of Defence.