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"The MRAV program is an indicator of the way the industry will be going with consolidation," said Fetter.
Chairman and chief executive Nick Prest said: 'Current demand for UK manufacturing and engineering capacity is now at the lower end of what was in 2002 the expected range, because of delays to export and UK programmes and the cancellation of MRAV.'
A decision to drop MRAV - which was being developed with Dutch and German partners - in favour of the Future Rapid Effects System series of vehicles dealt a body blow to the Telford plant.
Alvis chairman and chief executive Nick Prest said the company was delighted in the MRAV'S progress.
The majority of the additional work will be carried out by Stork, but Alvis Vehicles will 'benefit from the increased scope of the development programme' and in the supply of components for Dutch vehicles in the production phase of the MRAV.
Longer-term, signature for the MRAV European "battlefield taxi" has been held up, probably until Christmas, by doubts about whether the French will remain in the project - although the Dutch are now negotiating to join it.
In June of last year, Barco was chosen to supply its Vector display for use on the wheeled Multi Role Armoured Vehicle (Mrav).
Alvis said it must move to GKN Defence's 500-job Telford site because heavy investment would have been needed to equip the Coventry factory to build the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), which GKN will start developing next year.
Defence analysts said the new administration was not yet in a position to take any decisions on defence procurement, including the MRAV or "battlefield taxi" contract.
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- MRAP All Terrain Vehicle
- Mrauk U
- Mravian, Askanaz
- Mravian, Askanaz Artemevich
- Mravina, Evgeniia
- Mravina, Evgeniia Konstantinovna
- Mravinskii, Evgenii
- Mravinskii, Evgenii Aleksandrovich
- Mrazec, Ludovic