The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) announced the award July 14, naming Battelle as the contract winner in a competitive procurement.

Building on the success of a previous contract to build Non-Standard Commercial Vehicles (NSCVs), Battelle has been awarded a second contract worth $170 million.

Under terms of the contract, Battelle will build armored and unarmored vehicles for the next five years at its manufacturing facility in West Columbus. The contract also includes an option for two more years.

For more than 11 years Battelle has been designing, building and delivering commercial-style armored vehicles. The ground vehicle team takes existing vehicles, reengineers them with protective armor and adds other durability features, such as stronger suspensions for operations in rugged terrain and enhanced alternators to withstand extreme climates. Battelle vehicles have previously completed formal durability testing and system level armor testing.