V-22 Osprey

General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a contract for delivery of non-developmental V-22 Osprey internally transportable vehicles (ITVs) to the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Having a maximum potential value of $5.8, if all options are exercised, the three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract covers delivery of up to ten ITVs, along with integration and logistical support and training.

The company will supply its Flyer advanced light strike vehicle, which is designed to traverse severe, rugged and restrictive terrain, while offering off-road, cross-country mobility in all weather conditions.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems lightweight tactical vehicles senior director, Tim Neaves, said the Flyer vehicle can be quickly and cost-effectively fielded, utilising a high percentage of non-developmental technology.

"The Flyer vehicle can be quickly and cost-effectively fielded, utilising a high percentage of non-developmental technology."

"The combined knowledge and manufacturing expertise of General Dynamics and Flyer Defense will enable us to meet SOCOM’s demanding requirements, along with those of other US and foreign customers seeking affordable internally transportable light-strike vehicles," Neaves said.

Internally and externally transportable in the V-22, CH-53, C-130 and C-5 aircraft, the Flyer can be rapidly configured for a range of combat and humanitarian roles, such as light assault, search and rescue (SAR), as well as command and control (C2) and reconnaissance missions, either armoured or unarmed.

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The Flyer has a payload capacity of up to 3,500lb, and can either incorporate a 360º weapon ring or carry up to a five patient litter, and also meets a range of threat levels and environmental conditions without modifications due to its modular, armoured design.

The vehicle is currently being displayed during the 2013 Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition, which is currently underway in Washington DC, US.

Image: GD’s Flyer advanced light strike vehicle is internally and externally transportable in the V-22 Osprey rotorcraft. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.

Defence Technology