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General Dynamics - RG-31 Mk5 Mine Protected Vehicles


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General Dynamics
: 20 June, 2007  (Company News)
General Dynamics Awarded USD$20 Million Contract to Supply RG-31 Mk5 Mine Protected Vehicles to the U.S. Army
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.

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.'
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