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Plasan Sasa has won a contract to supply the US Marines with armor protection kits for their Oshkosh trucks in a deal worth $100 million, the company announced Sunday.
Plasan Sasa will be providing advanced Armor Protection Kits (APK) for 1,000 medium-sized trucks. The add-on kits protect the vehicles against improvised exploding devices, mines and other battlefield threats, particularly those in Iraq.
Based in Kibbutz Sasa in Galilee, the company will be supplying the kits as a subcontractor for Amor Holdings Inc. Plasan is the IDF's preferred supplier of add-on armor protection kits.
"The contract places Plasan among the small number of companies worldwide that work with the US Navy in the field of add-on armor for lightweight military vehicles and trucks," a company statement said.
The Marines, which are under the overall command of the US Navy, are expected to deploy their armored protected trucks by the end of 2006.
Plasan's battle-proven armor kits are made of composite materials and allow for easy and swift assembly and disassembly by crews in the field. They are also fully transferable from one vehicle to another.
Plasan's kit was chosen over those from competing contractors after extensive rigorous tests by the United States Marine Corps, to ensure the troops have the most effective protection.
"Winning this contract as a direct subcontractor, according to Oshkosh's request, demonstrates the manufacturer's confidence in our ability to offer superior protection to patrol vehicles, trucks or other lightweight platforms," said Plasan's CEO Dan Ziv. "The US Marines recognize that our battle-proven armor solutions meet the most demanding operational requirements."