LONDON, Ontario, June 20 /CNW/ -- The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle
Management Command, in support of the Program Executive Office for Combat
Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), has awarded a contract for
USD$19.9 million to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to provide 44 RG- 31
Mk5 Mine Protected Vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian
company's parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:
The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a
Crown Agency of the Canadian Government. Under this contract, General Dynamics
Land Systems-Canada will provide program management, while BAE Land Systems
OMC of South Africa will manufacture the vehicles. Deliveries will occur from
October 2007 to November 2007.
The RG-31 Mk5 is the latest version of the highly successful RG-31
vehicle family. U.S. forces have previously ordered or received 448 RG-31
vehicles, including 265 Mk5s for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command
(SOCOM), and 24 Mk5s for the U.S. Marine Corps under the Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. The vehicles have proven to be highly
effective against mines, improvised explosive devices and ballistic threats
encountered by U.S. and allied forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We are very pleased that the U.S. Army continues to increase its fleet
of RG-31 Mk5 vehicles," said Dr. Sridhar Sridharan, senior vice-president of
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. "The RG31 fleet is fulfilling an
important role in protecting fighting men and women against emerging threats.
We are grateful that we are able to play a role in this critical endeavor."
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, located in London, Ontario, Canada,
is a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems of Sterling Heights,
Michigan. For 30 years, more than 1500 highly skilled technical employees have
designed, manufactured and delivered to global customers a unique family of
light armoured vehicles (LAV). More information on the company is available at
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs
approximately 82,600 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1 billion.
The company is a market leader in business aviation: land and expeditionary
combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and
information systems and technologies. More information about the company is
available online at http://www.generaldynamics.com
For further information:
For further information: Ken Yamashita of General Dynamics Land
Systems-Canada, +1-519-964-5813, or fax, +1-519-964-5488, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Web Site: http://www.generaldynamics.com, http://www.gdlscanada.com