General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million for MMC Reactive Armour for Bradley Fighting Vehicles

06 May 2005

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics has been awarded a $13.8 million modification from the U.S. Army's TACOM/ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal (Picatinny, N.J.) for the production of enhanced-capability reactive armour for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System.

This award modifies a contract originally awarded in November 2004, bringing the total contract value to $46.75 million for 152 vehicle sets.

The reactive armour package made from metal matrix composites is designed specifically for the U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The system is made up of ""tiles"" that fasten to the exterior of the vehicles. Equipped with the General Dynamics reactive armour, the Bradley is better able to withstand a direct hit from a variety of anti-armour munitions, including shoulder-fired rocket propelled grenades, which are prevalent in many of today's regional conflicts.

This contract modification represents the continuation of a successful program with the Army and a successful relationship with General Dynamics' strategic partner, RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd., Ordnance Systems (Haifa, Israel), which 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 armour facility in Mississippi, USA.

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