Two new MRAP contracts were awarded on Thursday, one to General Dynamics for 773 RG-31s and the other to BAE Systems for 40 RG-33s.
The RG-31 has proved the MRAP of choice for the rough terrain of Afghanistan, according to reports. FPI fanatics who were hoping to see the Cheetah purchased for use in Afghanistan should probably consider their hopes dashed.
General Dynamics is the clear winner in terms of the number of vehicles ordered, and this may be the very last order for MRAP vehicles by the U.S. government. Though General Dynamics partnered with Force Protection for the production of the Cougar, I believe this is the first MRAP production contract for GD since I started keeping track.
BAE's portion of the money pie is disproportionately large because they are providing specially modified vehicles.