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UPDATE 1-Force Protection gets $26.1 mln contract; shares up

* Work expected to be completed by June

* Shares rise 3 pct

March 11 (Reuters) - Defense contractor Force Protection Inc FRPT.O said it received a $26.1 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for additional field service support. The company, known for its armored trucks Cougar, Buffalo and Cheetah, said it expects work to be completed by June 2010. "This award will enable us to continue the vital work of installing independent suspension systems for Cougar vehicles in Kuwait," Chief Operating Officer Randy Hutcherson said in a statement.

Shares of the Ladson, South Carolina-based company were up 2 percent at $6.68 in morning trade on Nasdaq. They touched a high of $6.75 in the earlier session. (Reporting by Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay in Bangalore; Editing by Bijoy Koyitty)

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