The US Marine Corps has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $49 million contract for electric turret drives to update its light armoured vehicles (LAV). General Dynamics will provide 394 electric turret drives for existing LAVs which entered service in the 1980s and are still in use.
The Marine Corps’ Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion uses the eight-wheeled amphibious LAVs in military operations to support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Deliveries of the electric turret drives will take place between July 2007 and July 2008. The vehicles will be upgraded at Marine Corps installations in the United States.
This award is part of a $307 million contract awarded in January that included the production of 130 next-generation LAV-A2s. To date, the total contract value is $177 million.