The US Army has awarded a $258m contract modification to upgrade the service’s Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the Stryker A1 configuration.
Under the deal, General Dynamics (GD) Land Systems will be responsible for modifying and modernising 116 of the Stryker vehicles.
Built upon the combat-proven Double-V Hull (DVH) configuration, the Stryker A1 configuration will help to provide unprecedented survivability against mines and advanced explosive devices.
In addition to the DVH survivability, the new configuration will provide a 450hp engine, 60,000lb suspension, 910A alternator and in-vehicle network.
The Stryker A1 infantry carrier vehicle is claimed to be one of the most versatile, mobile and safest personnel carriers in the entire inventory of the US Army.
Expected for completion in March 2020, work on the upgrade project will be carried out at the company’s facilities in Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Michigan.
The US Army’s Stryker land vehicle is an eight-wheeled, armoured combat carrier that is currently powered by a 350hp Caterpillar JP-8 diesel engine.
The vehicle provides the US Army with a combination of capabilities, including infantry transport, offensive firepower and reconnaissance, in addition to other capabilities such as anti-tank guided missiles, mobile command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), engineering and fire support, mobile gun system, and medical evacuation.
GD Land Systems focuses on delivering new design, engineering, technology, production and full life-cycle support for land combat vehicles across the world.
Earlier this month, the company received a $68.6m modification contract from the US Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan, to upgrade the Stryker carriers to the patented DVH design.