The US Army has awarded a $30m contract to General Dynamics Land Systems to produce a double V-shaped hull for the Stryker infantry combat vehicle.

General Dynamics Land Systems senior director Gordon Stein said the high-magnitude blast protection provided by the new hull increases soldier survivability.

“The double-V hull can easily be integrated into all variants of the Stryker,” Stein said. The vehicle is designed in 10 different configurations.

The Stryker is C-130 transportable with 14.5mm basic armour protection, can reach speeds in excess of 60mph, and can travel more than 300 miles on 53 gallons of fuel.

Deliveries are expected to start in January 2011 and be completed by February 2012.