General Dynamics Land Systems Submits Proposal for U.S. Special Operations Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 Program

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems has sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for the U.S. Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand (USSOCOM) Ground Mobil­i­ty Vehi­cle (GMV 1.1) pro­gram. The pro­pos­al was deliv­ered to Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand head­quar­ters in Tam­pa, Fla. A sam­ple vehi­cle in sup­port of the bid was deliv­ered on May 30. The vehi­cle was designed and devel­oped pri­mar­i­ly at the Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems-Force Pro­tec­tion facil­i­ty in Lad­son, S.C. Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems is a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD).

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The Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems GMV 1.1 vehi­cle is opti­mized to increase oper­a­tor and occu­pant pro­tec­tion and sur­viv­abil­i­ty. It meets the diverse and chal­leng­ing mis­sions that spe­cial oper­a­tions demand, includ­ing trans­porta­bil­i­ty, mobil­i­ty, mod­u­lar­i­ty and tech­nol­o­gy.

The Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems GMV 1.1 is designed for inter­nal fixed- and rotary-wing trans­port with a cen­ter-mount­ed engine that pro­vides opti­mal weight dis­tri­b­u­tion on the ground and inside an air­craft. It is a mis­sion-ready, high per­for­mance vehi­cle that can be dri­ven off an air­craft ready for use. The vehicle’s mod­u­lar tech­nol­o­gy is rapid­ly con­fig­urable for a vari­ety of spe­cial oper­a­tions mis­sions and oper­at­ing envi­ron­ments.

Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems per­formed exten­sive test­ing over a two-year peri­od to val­i­date the vehicle’s design and per­for­mance. The vehi­cle passed user tri­als at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Prov­ing Ground in Ari­zona and the Neva­da Auto­mo­tive Test Cen­ter, and demon­strat­ed its sys­tems reli­a­bil­i­ty dur­ing sum­mer tri­als in the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates.

The GMV 1.1 pro­gram includes plans to acquire up to 1,300 vehi­cles for spe­cial oper­a­tions mis­sions with require­ments for air trans­porta­bil­i­ty, weapons capa­bil­i­ties and high mobil­i­ty. Con­tract award is expect­ed by Jan­u­ary 2013 with pro­duc­tion expect­ed to begin in 2013 and end­ing mid-2020.

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