A major U.S. auto manufacturer is set to begin production this year of a military-style wheeled vehicle for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
The Ford Firefighter is designed to be used to extinguish fires and is expected to cost $7,000 to $9,000, the Army announced.
It has been designed to fit onto vehicles in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations, and the Pentagon said it would be used in vehicles on a regular basis.
The Firefighter was designed to withstand a direct hit from a mortar, or a small explosive device, or roadside bombs.
The Army will have to buy the Firefighter, the Defense Department said, but will have the option to purchase it from another company if it decides to.
The Firefighter has been in the works since 2006, when Ford built the Ranger-2 firefighting vehicle.
The company said it had been developing a version of the Fireman for about two years, and that a major overhaul of the vehicle was needed.
The Army said that this version would be capable of performing a fire-fighting role and would be equipped with the latest in technology.
The fire-suppression system would be able to operate in both urban and rural areas, according to the Pentagon.
It will be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to meet military requirements, the department said.