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Update February 25: The Post and Courier has followed with a nice well-rounded write-up on the new vehicle; read it here.
First reporting: Ladson-based armored-vehicle maker Force Protection has unveiled a new military vehicle that's designed to be fast-moving, flexible, and can be deployed by V-22 Osprey helicopter. The JAMMA (Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset) can also be reinforced with armor.
Force Protection, Inc. to Debut Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) Vehicle
Publisher: Force Protection, Inc.
Ladson, S.C. – February 24, 2010 – Force Protection, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT), a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, will debut the Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare’s Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., February 24-26, 2010 at booth #109.
JAMMA is the only armor-ready, four-occupant, hybrid, high-performance off-road vehicle that can be transported inside the V-22 Osprey helicopter. It is equipped to handle high speeds during extreme off-roading, on highways and through urban terrain. JAMMA is also capable of rapidly adapting to and being armored for specific mission profiles such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery, med-evac and mobile security.
“We believe there is an ongoing need for our U.S. troops and allied forces to have access to lighter, highly mobile vehicles,” said Michael Moody, Chairman and CEO of Force Protection, Inc. “The JAMMA vehicle has been designed from the ground up to be the new standard in light tactical vehicles and its light weight, high strength structure provides a wealth of multi-role mission configurations for its end-users. The JAMMA represents a different type of survivability solution focused on speed, mobility and concealment.”
JAMMA satisfies the requirements of special operations user groups. It has optimized rollover protection and features an attachment system with threat-specific armor that can be easily attached or removed in virtually any environment. The vehicle includes stadium seating that protects the driver while allowing 360-degree return fire and features a state-of-the-art hybrid engine that optimizes vehicle efficiency and generates 22kw continuous exportable power.
Force Protection, in collaboration with Raydon Corp., a global leader in simulation products and solutions, will also showcase Raydon’s Buffalo MPCV simulator. This training system instructs war fighters on how to visually detect IEDs and interrogate them using the Buffalo’s unique interrogation arm/crane. This training system will help war fighters improve their route clearance skills, learn the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures for route clearance. The Buffalo crewmembers view the virtual battlefield through four 40-inch LCD monitors. With a 180 degree field of view (FOV) from an elevated seating position crews can detect IEDs and interrogate suspected IEDs with the hand held controls for the interrogation arm/crane. Crews are able to get an up close look at the suspected IED with a camera with zoom lens and maneuverable spotlights which enable crews to provide their night missions successfully.
“Force Protection has been instrumental in getting MRAP vehicles to our war fighter in Iraq and Afghanistan and there is no doubt they have been invaluable in the fight. We are very excited to be showcasing our Buffalo training system (MPCV) alongside Force Protection at Winter AUSA. Training our troops on route clearance best practices and preparing them to use MRAPs before they deploy is essential to mission success.” said Mike Vollmar, CEO, Raydon Corporation.
Michael Moody continued, “Having Raydon’s Buffalo simulator along with the JAMMA at AUSA Winter gives us the opportunity to showcase different types of survivability solutions to potential customers. We are pleased to have Raydon Corporation join in our AUSA Winter demonstrations.”
The company’s booth will also feature an interactive touch-screen video wall that provides detailed information regarding its full range of survivability solutions, including an overview of its Total Life Cycle Support services, as well as information regarding Force Protection, Inc.’s products and employees who are working to save heroes lives around the world.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Force Protection, Inc. representative, please visit booth #109.
About Force Protection, Inc.
Force Protection, Inc. is a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, predominantly blast- and ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, the Cougar, the Buffalo, Cheetah and Ocelot, are designed specifically for reconnaissance and urban operations and to protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). The Company also is the developer and manufacturer of ForceArmor™, an armor package providing superior protection against explosively formed projectiles (EFPs), now available for a wide range of tactical-wheeled vehicles. The Company is one of the original developers and primary providers of vehicles for the U.S. military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle program. For more information on Force Protection and its vehicles, visit www.forceprotection.net.
About Raydon Corporation
Raydon Corporation has been at the leading edge of simulation training technology for more than 20 years. Long depended on by the U.S. Armed Forces for providing dependable and affordable simulation-training products and solutions. Raydon provides a wide range of trainers that include embedded trainers, tabletop trainers, appended trainers, and institutional trainers including the first ever Virtual Route Clearance Trainer (VRCT). By anticipating changing needs and new challenges, Raydon rapidly provides relevant, affordable training solutions to improve performance and achieve success. For more information on Raydon and its training solutions, visit www.raydon.com.
Force Protection, Inc. Safe Harbor Language
This press release contains forward looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations. These statements are based on beliefs and assumptions of Force Protection’s management, and on information currently available to management. These forward looking statements include, among other things: the growth and demand for Force Protection’s vehicles, including the JAMMA and Buffalo vehicle; the rate at which the Company will be able to produce these vehicles; its expected work completion dates for the vehicles and the ability to meet current and future requirements; and the Company’s expected financial and operating results, including its revenues and cash flow, for future periods. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of them publicly in light of new information or future events. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Examples of these factors include, but are not limited to, the ability to effectively manage the risks in the Company’s business; the ability to develop new technologies and products and the acceptance of these technologies and products; the ability to obtain and complete new orders for its vehicles and products; the Company’s ability to identify and remedy its internal control weaknesses and deficiencies; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as updated in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009.