CUMMINS EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH BAE SYSTEMS FOR THE BRITISH ARMY
26 June 2007
Millbrook, UK (June 26, 2007) - – Cummins has recently extended its success with an additional order for 400 Darlington built B-series engines to repower armoured personnel carriers, FV430. Orders for an initial 500 engines have now been increased to 900 units.
The FV430, British Army vehicles will be converted with the B series 186 kW (250 hp) engines which will make a substantial improvement in their reliability and durability. The engines will also reduce exhaust emission signature and allow extension of vehicle life out to 2025.
The conversion was extensively trialled by BAE & the British Army using three prototype vehicles supported by Darlington's Customer Engineering & Pilot Centre teams. The successful results followed a similar B-series repower of 1,350 of the British Army's Alvis CVR(T) light tracked vehicles over the last few years.
Mr David Moore, General Manager-Central Area Defence Marketing said "The extension of this contract proves the excellent credentials of the Cummins B-series engines and demonstrates increased confidence by BAE Systems and UK Ministry of Defence for the successful repower of the FV430 series vehicles. The Cummins B series platform is being successfully operated by Armies around the world, backed up by Cummins extensive global support network.
Cummins has also been awarded an additional contract by BAE Systems Hägglunds to supply Euro 3 ISBe engines rated at 186 kW (250 hp). These will power the BvS10 Viking armoured all-terrain vehicles which will be used for transporting equipment for the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle programme. First engines will be delivered at the end of 2007. These new vehicles will follow the previous batch of Vikings supplied to the Royal Marines. The Cummins ISBe is renowned for its excellent performance and fuel economy. With high power to weight ratio and clean combustion technology, the Cummins ISBe significantly enhances the stealth capability of military vehicles. Lower engine noise reduces the acoustic signature and visible smoke emissions are virtually eliminated. Cummins Inc. is the world's largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines. With over 30,000 employees, Cummins reported sales of $11.36 billion in 2006 and produced over 833,000 engines. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. A substantial manufacturing presence in Europe includes the mid-range engine plant at Darlington UK and the high horsepower engine plant at Daventry, UK.