CHARLOTTE — Spartan Chassis, a unit of Spartan Motors Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), said Monday it has been awarded a subcontract order from defense contractor BAE Systems to support continued production of the International Light Armored Vehicles (ILAV’s), a threat-specific mine-protected vehicle.The subcontract award includes an initial order of 24 ILAVs that will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2013. Spartan got a three-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, providing for the possibility of follow-on orders.

These vehicles perform specialized, mission-critical tasks such as supporting convoy operations, executing ordnance removal and disposal or extracting injured soldiers. Under the terms of the subcontract, the Spartan Defense and Government Business Unit of Spartan Chassis, the Michigan-based specialty vehicle manufacturer, will supply and fully integrate automotive chassis and deliver final assembled ILAVs to the Tank and Automotive Command as part of their Foreign Military Sales program.

“This is an affirmation of Spartan’s opportunity and continued role in the evolving Defense marketplace,” said Tom Gorman, Spartan Motors COO. “The Spartan Chassis team has consistently performed to the exacting standards of BAE Systems and the Defense Department as evidenced by this contract award and our ISO 9001:2008 certification. We are proud to support the ILAV program and all of our coalition partners who protect freedom day-in and day-out.”

In addition to this award, Spartan Chassis continues its ongoing support of prime contractors and the U.S. Government by providing spare/replacement parts for many of the mine-protected vehicle models produced at Spartan since 2005 such as:
* Cougar and RG33 MRAP and MRAP-Plus vehicles
* RG 33 Armored Utility Vehicles
* Light Armored Vehicles (ILAV)
* Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicles (JERRV)
* Medium Mine Protected Vehicles
* RG 33 Heavy Armored Ground Ambulances (HAGA)
* RG 33 Special Operations Command vehicles (SOCOM)

Spartan Chassis engineers, manufactures and markets chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle, defense and specialty vehicles. End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

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