08 July 2005
08 July 2005
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $37.8 million contract modification from the U.S. Army for the production of approximately 168 enhanced-capability reactive composite armour tile sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System.
The reactive armour package made from metal matrix composites is designed specifically for the U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle, is based on a system made up of tiles that fasten to the exterior of the vehicles. Equipped with the General Dynamics reactive armour, enabling the vehicles to withstand a direct hit from a variety of anti-armour munitions, including the shoulder-fired rocket propelled grenades that are prevalent in many of today’s regional conflicts.
General Dynamics’ strategic partner, RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd., Ordnance Systems (Haifa, Israel), will share 50 percent of the production workload. The production program will be directed from the General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Burlington Technology Center, Burlington, Vt., with U.S. tile production occurring at the company’s reactive armor facility in Stone County, Miss.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products designs, develops and produces high-performance armament systems; a full range of advanced composite-based products; biological and chemical detection systems; and mobile shelter systems.