Force Protection Industries Inc., a Force Protection Inc. [FRPT] group company, yesterday said it received a firm fixed price modification of $16.9 million from the Marines for fuel tank modernization kits.

Phil Ciarlo, chief of operations for Force Protection, said, “This additional fuel tank protection kit order continues the important modernization work for the installed Cougar fleet and ensures that additional vehicles will receive the best available protection for their fuel systems.”

The modification to existing contract M67854-07-C-5031 from Marine Corps Systems Command is for 961 fuel tank protection modernization kits and certain tools for the Marine’s Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

The work will be done in Charleston, S.C., and is expected to be completed no later than March 30, 2012.

On May 2, the company said it received an order for 1,130 fuel tank kits with an approximate value of $18.8 million.