General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a $150m contract to qualify and produce reactive armour for Stryker vehicles.

GD’s reactive armour system comprises tiles that fix to the exterior of the Stryker family of vehicles, enabling better protection against hits from anti-armour munitions.

GD Armament and Technical Products vice president and general manager of weapon systems Russ Klein said that the lightweight armour technology provides an increased level of equipment and troop protection against shape-charged threats, including rocket-propelled grenades.

In support of this new contract, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission awarded General Dynamics a grant to offset costs incurred in purchasing production-related equipment.

Work will be performed at the General Dynamics facility in Camden, Arkansas, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2010.