BAE Systems in West Manchester Township received a $16.6 million U.S. Department of Defense contract modification for work on Bradley Fighting Vehicles, but it won't stave off funding cuts that will halt production lines for three years.
Because President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget outlines a production break for the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle program, beginning in 2014 and possibly extending through 2017, BAE anticipates cutting at least 250 manufacturing jobs next year. Additional jobs and support staff could also be eliminated, company officials said.
The new contract modification, which converts and reconfigures Bradley Reset Vehicles, will extend work one month, said Randy Coble, BAE spokesman.
Work on the Bradleys will be completed by Aug. 29, 2014, according to the DOD.
In addition to BAE's local site, work will also be performed in Fayette County, Pa., and South Carolina.