SPAWAR ends ATV production after more than 26,000

Photo by Rebecca Lamb, WCIV

By Stacy

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command marked the completion of more than 27,000 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles Monday.{}The North Charleston SPAWAR plant produced the All-Terrain Vehicles{}since 2008.

"The MRAP was a national effort. The folks here in the Lowcountry were right in the middle - building, putting out 50 a day and{}at one point 75. That is a tremendous effort and at the end of the day, saved lives," Commanding Officer Mark Glover said.

SPAWAR specifically installed the electronic communications equipment.

"We would put things in{}such as trackers to identify the bad guys. We would put things on such as [improvised explosive device] locators," Glover said.

Plants outside South Carolina manufacture the{}MRAP vehicles{}using a{}special material specifically designed{}for the terrain in Afghanistan.

"We're saving lives and from our pieces, ensuring it has the communications so{}they can talk to each other from vehicle to vehicle," SPAWAR program manager Peter Ward said.

Officials said the Lowcountry is at the center of a national effort to help{}the U.S.{}military.

"We make sure they have the best they need to fight the war," Glover said.

SPAWAR employs about 2,600 people in the Charleston area, officials said.