General Dynamics wins Stryker Double-V hull work
General Dynamics Land Systems will convert 66 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull (DVH) design under a $118 million contract awarded by the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
The Stryker DVH-exchange pilot programme, launched in 2012 between the US Army and General Dynamics, sought to validate that components from traditional Stryker flat-bottom variants can be quickly refurbished and installed on a new, more survivable double-V hull variant, at less cost than producing a new vehicle.
Under this programme, General Dynamics and the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, successfully completed the DVH pilot program in April 2013 and delivered 52 Stryker vehicles on time and under budget.
The first brigade of Strykers equipped with double-V hulls was fielded in 2011 to provide Stryker-borne soldiers increased protection from the effects of roadside mines and improvised explosive devices. With MRAP-like or better survivability, the DVH configuration also includes a more rugged suspension system that has greatly improved mobility and reduced operating costs. Two brigades of double-V hull Stryker vehicles were produced between July 2010 and July 2013.
Deliveries of the vehicles under this latest contract will begin in July 2014 and be completed by February 2015.
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