A chemical weapons depot in central Kentucky will begin making Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for use by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
The Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond is one of three facilities picked by the U.S. military to produce 1,500 of the vehicles by the end of the year and continue production into 2008.
The vehicle production comes months after Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' request in July that Congress give its approval to transfer one-point-two billion dollars to the MRAP vehicle program.
The depot will also serve as a hub for the other two installations in the production line.
Armor kits produced at the Army's Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., will be shipped to the depot for final assembly, storage and global distribution.