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General Dynamics awarded contract with U.S. Marines

July 07, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The General Dynamics Land Systems factory here will receive $10.6 million of a $712 million contract with the U.S. Marines for the systems development and demonstration phase of a new amphibious assault vehicle.

A press release from General Dynamics states the company was awarded the contract Tuesday for the systems development and demonstration phase of the advanced amphibious assault vehicle program.

The press release states General Dynamics will provide all required materials, services, personnel and facilities to complete the design and development of the assault vehicle, manufacture and test nine new prototypes, refurbish three early development prototypes, support the Marine Corps' initial operational test and evaluation and prepare for the production phase of the program.

"The (assault vehicle) will be a tremendously capable weapons system, focused on the Marine Corps most challenging mission — amphibious assault," stated John Wosina, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems, in the press release.


"This contract is the result of our continuing partnership with the Marine Corps to provide the right technology at an affordable price," state Wosina.

The Imperial factory will build the electric wiring and wire harnesses for the assault vehicle.

Officials from the Imperial factory were not available for comment Friday.

Locally, the company employs 70 people and manufactures wiring harnesses for U.S. Army and Marine Corps tanks and assault vehicles.

The Marine Corps plans to purchase 1,013 of the new assault vehicles through 2015.

Each vehicle weighs 76,000 pounds and can carry three crew members and 17 combat-ready Marines.

It can reach speeds of about 45 mph on land and 25 mph on water, the press release states.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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