General Dynamics Delivers First LAV-A2 to the U.S. Marine Corps
LONDON, Ontario, Canada – In a ceremony held on October 12, 2007, at General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, Colonel Mike Micucci, Program Manager, Light Armored Vehicles, USMC accepted delivery of the first LAV-A2. The LAV-A2 is an updated version of the Marines’ Light Armored Vehicle series, which has been in use since the 1980s.
“The Marine Corps LAV led the way for light armored vehicles in the U.S. military,” said Col. Micucci. “This vehicle is what we want and this vehicle is what we need. It is the most versatile and capable vehicle in the Marine Corps inventory today.”
Dr. Sridhar Sridharan, senior vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada stated, “We are proud of the performance of our LAVs. We are proud of the protection, firepower and mobility they provide the Marines as they conduct their challenging overseas missions. A repeat order from a valued customer is the ultimate vote of confidence.”
In February 2006, General Dynamics was awarded a contract by Marine Corps Systems Command to produce 157 LAV-A2s in six different variants. Variants include LAV-25, anti-tank, command & control, logistics, mortar and NBCRS.
The LAV-A2 is a mobile, agile and survivable system for conducting offensive and defensive operations in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The eight-wheeled amphibious armored vehicle is equipped with an upgraded suspension, fitted for enhanced armor protection and features an automatic fire suppression system for crew protection.
General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, located in London, Ontario, Canada is a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems of Sterling Heights, Michigan. For 30 years, more than 1,700 highly skilled technical employees have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported to global customers a unique family of light armoured vehicles (LAV). More information on the company is available at www.gdlscanada.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com
October 17, 2007
Contact: Ken Yamashita
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