$4 billion deal is armour plated

The U.S. Army has awarded GM GDLS Defence Group a six-year requirements contract with an estimated total value of $4 billion.

The U.S. Army has awarded GM GDLS Defence Group, a joint venture between General Motors and General Dynamics Land Systems, a six-year requirements contract with an estimated total value of $4 billion to equip its new Brigade Combat Teams with the General Motors LAV III eight-wheeled armoured vehicle.

‘This is a strategically important award for General Dynamics,’ said Arthur J. Veitch, General Dynamics Senior Vice President. ‘It is the result of a decision we made a few years ago to change our product offering to match the requirements of our customer rather than to continue to focus only on the products that we historically produced. ‘

The Army requirements-based contract is to equip up to six Brigade Combat Teams, 2,131 vehicles, through a series of delivery orders starting this year.

The initial delivery order will be for $61.7 million in research, development, test and evaluation; the second order for 366 production vehicles is worth $578.4 million.

The LAV III is a full-time four-wheel drive, selective eight-wheel drive, armoured vehicle weighing approximately 19 tons attaining speeds of 62 mph on roads and has a maximum range of 312 miles.

The basic infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) has armour said to protect the two-man crew and nine on-board soldiers from machine gun bullets, mortar and artillery fragments.

The LAV III ICV variant includes configurations such as the reconnaissance, anti-tank guided missile, and medical evacuation vehicles, as well as carriers for mortars, engineer squads, command groups, reconnaissance and fire support teams.

The Mobile Gun System variant consists of a General Dynamics Land Systems 105mm cannon mounted in a low profile turret integrated on the General Motors LAV III chassis.

General Motors and General Dynamics will share fabrication and final assembly of the vehicles in plants across three US states.