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Pratt & Miller Joins Northrop Grumman for Unveiling of MAV-L at 2012 AUSA

NEW HUDSON, Mich., Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pratt & Miller Engineering joined defense contractor, Northrop Grumman, yesterday at the unveiling of its offering for the U.S. Special Forces command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light (MAV-L).

Northrop Grumman teamed with Pratt & Miller Engineering and BAE Systems for the GMV 1.1 pursuit. The MAV-L is modular, transports up to seven operators, and is air transportable in a MH/CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The vehicle is built specifically for the Special Operations Forces and is designed to function worldwide on any battlefield.

"Our clean-sheet approach and purpose-built solution applies innovation from across our industry team. We deliver an affordable solution that meets the warfighter's mission requirements and a great new capability," said Tom Vice, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "We're fully committed to providing the Special Operations Command with the most modular and agile vehicle capable of top performance in any operational environment."

Pratt & Miller was tasked in December 2011 with designing, building, and testing the MAV-L. "We were honored to be included in the MAV-L team with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems," said Lynn Bishop, Vice President of Engineering Services at Pratt & Miller. "It is extremely gratifying to see what we've accomplished using a Motorsports inspired approach on this innovative vehicle."

Pratt & Miller Engineering President, Jim Miller, went on to say, "The MAV-L project ranks as one of the most important we've completed at Pratt & Miller, alongside our seven 24 Hours of Le Mans race wins, because of the contributions this vehicle will make to our nation and warfighters."

"I applaud the Northrop Grumman MAV-L team for their committed focus on building the best possible vehicle to meet the needs of the Special Operations warfighter," added Gary Pratt, Pratt & Miller Vice President.

"The capabilities of our partners combined with Northrop Grumman's decades of land forces sustainment and military platform C4ISR integration experience ensure our customers receive a vehicle as capable and flexible as their mission requirements," said Frank Sturek, Deputy Director of Land Forces Sustainment and MAV-L Program Manager, Northrop Grumman.

Pratt & Miller is a world-class engineering company and a respected industry leader in automotive, commercial, military, and aerospace industries. Our range of design, engineering, manufacturing, and vehicle program management capabilities are among the most sophisticated in the world.

Please visit www.prattmiller.com for more information or contact Pratt & Miller's Director of Business Development, Brandon Widmer: (248) 446-9800.