$128 million increment for GD

General Dynamics Land Systems has received a $128 million increment of a $257 million contract for 130 new eight-wheeled Light Armored Vehicles.


GeneralDynamicsLand Systems has received a $128 million increment of a $257 million contract for 130 new eight-wheeled Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-A2) in various configurations for the US Marine Corps.



The contract has a total potential value of $307 million if a $50 million option for electric turret drives is exercised.



The LAV-A2 variants are an improved version of the Marines’ Light Armored Vehicle series which entered service in the 1980s and continues operational employment today.



General Dynamics will deliver armoured personnel, anti-tank, command & control, logistic, and mortar variants beginning in July 2007. Work will be performed by General Dynamics employees in London, Ontario, Canada; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Woodbridge, Virginia. Work is expected to be complete by July 2008.



The eight-wheeled amphibious armoured vehicle is equipped with an improved suspension, is fitted for enhanced armour protection and features an automatic fire suppression system for crew protection.


Power is provided by a Detroit Diesel 6V53T diesel engine developing 275 horsepower coupled to an Allison MT653, 6 speed (5 forward, 1 reverse) automatic transmission. The four rear wheels drive the vehicle on a full-time basis, but eight-wheel drive is selectable.