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General Dynamics tapped for US combat vehicle project

The company’s direct-fire combat vehicle design has been selected by the US Army for a major multi-billion-dollar program.

The company’s direct-fire combat vehicle design has been selected by the US Army for a major multi-billion-dollar program.

General Dynamics Land Systems, a division of General Dynamics, has been awarded a US$1.14 billion (AU$1.66 billion) low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract to deliver its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) offering to the US Army.

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The offering, selected following a competitive tender process, aims to provide enhanced firepower for Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs).

General Dynamics Land Systems’ MPF is billed as a highly lethal, survivable and mobile direct-fire combat vehicle, incorporating recently developed and battle-tested designs built to dominate ground threats on the multi-domain battlefield.

The vehicle can carry a four-person crew, featuring an enhanced thermal viewer, a large-calibre cannon, a lightweight hull and turret, and a modern diesel engine, transmission and suspension system.

The MPF has reportedly been designed to support future modifications, in line with changing warfighting requirements.

The contract also includes the provision of test support, logistics support and systems technical support.

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“We are honoured that the Army has chosen our offering for this important program,” Gordon Stein, General Dynamics Land Systems vice president and general manager for US operations, said.

“Our team worked tirelessly to deliver our prototypes in time to support the Army’s evaluation plan, and we incorporated soldier feedback into the final design.

“The MPF vehicle has been purpose-built for the IBCTs to give them decisive lethality, mobility and survivability on current and future battlefields.”

Separately, General Dynamics NASSCO has won US$600 million (AU$872 million) in US Navy contract modifications for long-lead-time material to support construction of the seventh and eighth ships (T-AO 211 and T-AO 212) of the John Lewis Class program, and the sixth ship (ESB 8) in the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program.

Construction is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2023, continuing through to 2027.

[Related: General Dynamics lays keel for first Colombia Class SSN ]

General Dynamics tapped for US combat vehicle project
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