NEW ORLEANS: Textron Marine and Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, rolled the 2,000th Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) off its Slidell, Louisiana assembly line today and recognized the milestone in a ceremony including top officials with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
Col. Scott Kidd, U.S. Army Project Manager, Tactical Vehicles, joined representatives from the U.S. Army Military Police School, local government officials and Textron Marine & Land Systems employees to mark the delivery of the 2,000th ASV.
“The ASV, the first Convoy Protection Platform, continues to remain safe, suitable and effective in the war fight. The production of the 2000th unit is significant reflecting the relevance of the system and the ability of the Textron workforce to produce a high quality product,” said Col. Kidd.
“This ASV program has been outstanding because of the dedication of the people here at Textron Marine & Land Systems who put their efforts into making the best vehicle possible for our troops,” said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. “The vehicle designed and built here has protected thousands of soldiers doing their duty in operations all over the world. That is what we’re about here. Every soldier that returns home to his or her family because he or she was in an ASV is a triumph for every employee here working on this program.”
The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant crew protection through the employment of multiple layers of armor, defending against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and land mines. The ASV possesses superior mobility, agility, handling and ride quality through the utilization of a four-wheel independent suspension system.
The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates over the life of the U.S. Army program as vehicles log more than 30,000 miles per year in combat operations. Textron Marine & Land Systems has achieved more than 44 consecutive months of on-time delivery to the U.S. Army on the ASV program.
The ASV family of vehicles performs a wide variety of missions including scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control and recovery. U.S. Army ASV missions include operations with the Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M-1200 ASV configuration.
Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch Geospatial Systems, Overwatch Tactical Operations, Textron Defense Systems, and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc.