The US Army TACOM Life-Cycle Management Command has awarded a $2.2bn contract to General Dynamics (GD) for the provision of 724 light armoured vehicles (LAV).

Under the contract, General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of GD, will produce and deliver ten LAV II variants based on an 8×8 design weighing up to 14,500kg.

The high-mobility LAV II features a 25mm turret-mounted main gun, lightweight armour and reduced maintenance needs for a variety of uses including command and control, reconnaissance, surveillance, anti-tank missions and as a personnel carrier.

Deliveries are expected to begin in April 2011.