GDLS wins TACOM hull production contract

The US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, which unites all of the organisations that focus on soldier and ground systems, has awarded $30m (£20m) to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), a provider of land and amphibious combat systems, to begin production of a double V-shaped hull for the Stryker infantry combat vehicle.

Preliminary testing of the hull has proven that the design increases the level of protection and survivability provided to soldiers.

Deliveries will begin in January 2011 to allow vehicles to be available for use by the Stryker brigade − which will rotate into Afghanistan next year − and will be completed by February 2012.