BAE Systems yesterday said it has received a $34 million contract modification in support of engineering enhancements and technological updates for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

“This work demonstrates the importance of supporting life cycle management and why we significantly invest in our Readiness and Sustainment capabilities,” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team for BAE. “Bradleys are high performing, survivable vehicles and these types of engineering enhancements keep them operating to their maximum potential for our soldiers.”

The battle-proven Bradley fulfills five critical mission roles–infantry fighting vehicle, cavalry fighting vehicle, fire support vehicle, command vehicles and engineer squad vehicle–for the Army’s Heavy Brigade Combat Teams.

The engineering enhancements under the contract award include: Improved digital architecture; Embedded maintenance training; and Integrated survivability improvements.

Most of the work will be done at BAE operations in Santa Clara, Calif., and completed in December 2011.

This contract modification was awarded by the Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.