General Dynamics to Supply 773 RG-31 MRAP Vehicles to U.S. Defense Department

    LONDON, Ontario, July 17 /CNW/ -- U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command
(MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a delivery order to
produce 773 RG-31 Mk5E Category I vehicles for its Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected (MRAP) vehicle program.  The order has a total potential value of
$552 million.  General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company's parent
corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD).
    Work will be performed by General Dynamics employees in Anniston, Ala.,
and by Demmer Corporation of Lansing, Mich.  Additional production will come
from BAE OMC of Benoni, South Africa, in order to meet the urgent production
schedule.  Deliveries will be completed by April 2009.
    This contract is in addition to the 624 RG-31 Mk5 vehicles already
supplied under the MRAP program.  Separately, an additional 566 RG-31s have
been previously ordered by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
based on Operational Need Statements by the U.S. Army for route clearance
    "We are grateful for the opportunity to once again play a role in
protecting the lives of U.S. soldiers," said Dr. Sridhar Sridharan, senior
vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.  "A repeat order such
as this, in combination with the positive feedback we have received from
soldiers in theater, is the best testament to the effectiveness of the RG-31
Mk5 vehicles."
    The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a
Crown Agency of the Canadian Government.
    General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada, located in London, Ontario,
Canada is a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems of Sterling
Heights, Michigan.  For over 30 years, more than 1800 highly skilled technical
employees have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported 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 84,000 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2
billion.  The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine
systems; and mission-critical information systems and technologies.  More
information about the company is available on the Internet at

For further information:

For further information: Ken Yamashita of General Dynamics Land
Systems-Canada, +1-519-964-5813, Fax: +1-519-964-5488, Web

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