Automotive manufacturer APV has been awarded a three year US$500,000 contract to supply passenger restraints for BAE Systems military vehicles in the United States.

The company’s APV military seatbelts will be used by BAE Systems for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle programme for the US Marines and the Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle programme for the US Army that replaces the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.

These programmes represent two of the most important and technologically advanced armoured and protected vehicle programs underway for the US Forces.

The international contract signing is significant milestone for APV, which has been providing restraints for Australian and North American military vehicles since 2002.

BAE Systems Australia CEO, Gabby Costigan, said: “Through our global business, we are opening the door to a global supply chain worth around AU$17 billion, introducing local SMEs to new markets and opportunities.

“We have a wealth of world leading, industrial suppliers in Australia and we see it as our duty to support them to achieve success through exports.”

Managing Director and CEO of APV Safety Products, Harry Hickling said the order built on the company’s success in providing restraint systems for the Australian Bushmaster and US MaxxpPro MRAP vehicles during the Afghanistan conflict.

There was no loss of life of personnel wearing APV restraints within these vehicles.

Hickling said: “The relationship with BAE Systems in the US means APV is working on the most technically advanced protected amphibious and land vehicle systems in the North American market.

“Certainly, this is a huge accolade for an Australian SME along with BAE Systems Global Access Program that made this possible, resulting in fantastic recognition of our capabilities on the international stage.”

Picture: APV

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