$317M to General Dynamics for LAV-A2 Vehicles & Turrets

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Marines showin’ some LAV(click to view full) General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI has finally received awards for all phases of a contract for new eight-wheeled LAV-A2 vehicles in armored personnel (LAV-PC), anti-tank (LAV-AT), command & control (LAV-C2), logistics (LAV-L), and mortar (presumably LAV-EFSS) variants for the U.S. Marine Corps. While the original contract had a stated maximum of $307 million, the final tally was actually $317 million for 281 LAV-A2 8×8 vehicles and 394 electric-drive turrets. Note that these are improved variants of the LAV Gen II models used by the Marines et. al. since the 1980s, rather than LAV IIIs which are called Strykers in the USA. These eight-wheeled amphibious armored vehicles are equipped with an improved suspension, fitted for enhanced armor protection and feature 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. LAV-25 in combat According to General Dynamics February 2nd release, the initial $128.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) […]

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