Automation Alley, a business accelerator based in Troy, has announced that it has won a new three-year deal with the U.S. Army to support aging military hardware.
Under the deal, Automation Alley especially has the work of researching all available replacement parts for the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle System (M2 Bradley for short) and identify any production technologies and processes, materials and components that are no longer available or declining in availability.
According to an announcement by the U.S. Army in March, the M2 Bradley was scheduled for replacement by the Army's new Ground Combat Vehicle platform by 2018. Budget restrictions have tabled that rollout for the moment, leading the U.S. Department of Defense to funnel funds to prop up the military s aging Bradley and M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank programs until further resources became available.
The Bradley, along with the Abrams tank, will secure a total of $549 million for modernization for the 2015 financial year.
Automation Alley Director of Defense and Manufacturing Dan Raubinger stated : "This funding will help us carry out the process of supporting American troops in the field as their vehicle systems shift from original production to parts sustainment. We thank TARDEC for their part in securing this contract."