The U.S. U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $14,4 million contract for Army Ground Mobility Vehicles from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.
The contract, announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Defense, is provided for the production of Army Ground Mobility Vehicles and associated kits.
Also noted that work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 16, 2019.
According to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the Army Ground Mobility Vehicle fulfills a need in the airborne and air assault operations undertaken by Airborne Infantry Combat Teams. The A-GMV 1.1 is configured to carry an airborne infantry squad of nine paratroopers, and their associated equipment (a payload capacity of over 5,000 pounds.)
The vehicle’s open design allows for multiple mission roles and can be modified to accept possible kit configurations such as remote and manned turrets, armor and arctic kits if the Army develops a requirement for them in the future.
A-GMVs will allow Soldiers quicker mobility, than by foot, across an operational area, to close on an objective with less fatigue and greater readiness. The Army can deliver the vehicle to the field by airdrop or helicopter, increasing the flexibility of Soldiers on the move:
- Nine-man squad carrying capability
- Internal/external lift by CH-47, Chinook helicopter
- Low-Velocity Air Drop by fixed-wing C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft
- Exceptional mobility over all terrains
On October, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully completed delivery of the first Army-Ground Mobility Vehicles (A-GMV 1.1) to the US Army. This marks the First Unit Equipped (FUE) with the new A-GMV 1.1 capability, which was delivered within four months of contract award and consisted of vehicles, spares and training.
“The A-GMV 1.1 provides the Army with a vehicle of superior off road mobility. We’re proud to support the Army in accelerating this capability to the field.” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament and platform systems for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.