BAE Systems Receives Contracts Worth Combined $117 Million


BAE Systems contracts could help preserve defense jobs

Defense contractor BAE Systems was recently awarded two contracts worth more than $117 million combined that could reportedly help save defense jobs at the company's plant in West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania.

According to the York Daily Record, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded the contractor a $108.4 million contract to provide eight M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Evacuation Systems to the Marine Corps and Army.

The vehicles, which will be armored, are expected to be used to tow combat vehicles that weigh as much as 70 tons, the news source reported.

"Just think of it as AAA for military vehicles," Shannon Booker, a spokeswoman for BAE Systems, told the news source.

The other contract BAE Systems received, which is for approximately $9 million, calls for the contractor to manufacture six International Light Armored Vehicles, according to the news provider.

BAE Systems could maintain defense and intelligence jobs at the plant, and the company could also look to add professionals with security clearance down the road to assist with these projects.