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General Dynamics acquires Force Protection

20th December 2011 - 18:33 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Dynamics has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Force Protection in a deal worth approximately $360 million. Force Protection and its blast- and ballistic-protected platforms that support the armed forces of the United States and allies will now become part of General Dynamics Land Systems.

Force Protection's portfolio includes the Buffalo mine clearance vehicle, the Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and the smaller Ocelot light patrol vehicle. These vehicles are designed specifically for reconnaissance and urban operations and to protect their occupants from land mines, hostile fire and improvised explosive devices.  The company has delivered more than 3,000 vehicles under the US military's MRAP vehicle program, and also provides its vehicles to foreign customers including the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.  Combined with General Dynamics Land Systems, the company will increase its global service network footprint to support the full vehicle fleet. 

General Dynamics Land Systems is a leading manufacturer of wheeled, tracked and amphibious combat vehicles, offering a spectrum of design, production and lifecycle support to customers worldwide.  Its portfolio of vehicle platforms includes the Stryker wheeled combat vehicle, the Abrams main battle tank and the MRAP class of tactical vehicles.

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