Military vehicles experts at General Dynamics will build a new light ground mobility vehicle to move infantry warfighters quickly on and off roads across future battlefields.
Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Mich., announced a $14.4 million contract Friday to the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems segment in St. Petersburg, Fla., to build Ground Mobility Vehicles and kits.
The Army Ground Mobility Vehicle, which Army helicopters can fly into place, is for airborne and air-assault soldiers to carry an airborne infantry squad or nine warfighters and their equipment. The vehicle has a payload capacity of more than 5,000 pounds, General Dynamics officials say. The vehicle also can deploy by low-velocity parachute air drop.
The vehicle is for several different kinds of mission, and can be modified for remote and manned turrets, armor, and arctic kits. It is designed for superior off-road mobility.
General Dynamics is providing the company's Flyer 72 off-road military vehicle for the Ground Mobile Vehicle contract. General Dynamics developed the vehicle together with Flyer Defense LLC in Los Angeles originally for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle Program, also called the GMV 1.1.
The Army Ground Mobility Vehicle, which will have advanced vetronics, will enable airborne infantry brigade combat teams to drive quickly from drop zones to their missions. It will be lightly armored and will use speed, maneuverability, and off-road mobility to avoid major threats. Five vehicles would carry a platoon headquarters, three rifle squads, and a weapons squad.