General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems is set to enter low rate initial production (LRIP) on the US Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) ground mobility vehicle (GMV) 1.1 programme.
The move follows a receipt of notice that USSOCOM has reached a milestone C decision on the programme, and will see the company manufacturing and delivering 72 vehicles to the USSOCOM by 2016.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems lightweight vehicle programmes director Tim Neaves said: "This is a significant accomplishment for our GMV 1.1 team.
"We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with USSOCOM and we are fully committed to providing this unique capability on schedule and within cost."
Awarded to GD in August 2013, the $562.2m GMV 1.1 contract covers production of at least 1,300 4x4 combat vehicles, through to September 2020, to replace the USSOCOM's fleet of 1,072 Humvee-based GCVs.
The company has offered its Flyer 72 platform with USSOCOM-specific modifications for the programme.
Flyer 72, which is jointly manufactured by GD and Flyer Defense, is a non-developmental item, purpose-built, lightweight vehicle, and can be configured for multiple missions, including light strike, personnel rescue and recovery, reconnaissance, and communications.
Air transportable by V-22 Osprey, CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-47D Chinook, C-130 Hercules, and C-5 Galaxy and UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters, the vehicle can operate at high speeds at long ranges, while providing off-road, cross-country mobility in all types of weather conditions.
The vehicle has a payload-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, and can carry up to nine operators with payload while traversing remote and demanding terrain. It also has superior levels of mobility and manoeuvrability.