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Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Land Sys­tems (GDLS) has se­cured a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract to con­vert additional US Army flat-bot­tom Stryker in­fantry-com­bat ve­hi­cles (IFV) to the lat­est dou­ble-V hull (DVH) de­sign. Awarded by the army’s tank-au­to­mo­tive and ar­ma­ments com­mand (TACOM) and life-cy­cle man­age­ment com­mand (LCMC), the $163m agree­ment cov­ers the con­ver­sion of 93 ve­hi­cles. Man­u­fac­tured by GDLS Canada, the Stryker is an eight-wheel drive ar­moured ve­hi­cle, de­signed to pro­vide in­fantry with en­hanced pro­tec­tion and sur­viv­abil­ity from ar­tillery frag­ments, road­side mines and im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs). The army and GDLS had launched the Stryker DVH-ex­change pi­lot pro­gramme in 2012 to eval­u­ate whether com­po­nents from the legacy Stryker flat-bot­tom hull (FBH) vari­ants could be rapidly re­fur­bished and in­stalled on DVH. Specif­i­cally, the process in­volved re­fur­bish­ment and re­use of com­mon parts from FBHs in the new DVH ex­change ve­hi­cles, which are ex­pected to pos­sess all of the same ca­pa­bil­i­ties as new DVH pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles. In ad­di­tion to mine re­sis­tant am­bush pro­tected (MRAP) sur­viv­abil­ity, the DVH con­fig­u­ra­tion also fea­tures a more rugged sus­pen­sion sys­tem with im­proved mo­bil­ity and lower op­er­at­ing costs. Jointly ex­e­cuted by GDLS and the An­nis­ton Army De­pot, the pi­lot pro­gramme was suc­cess­fully com­pleted on time and un­der budget in April 2013. Some 52 Stryker ve­hi­cles were de­liv­ered to the army.

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