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General Dynamics To Produce Reactive Armor for Abrams Tanks

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by Staff Writers
Charlotte NC (SPX) Aug 29, 2006
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics has been awarded a $30 million competitive contract from U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command for the production of reactive armor tile sets to equip Abrams tanks.

Total contract value could reach $59 million if all contract options are exercised. General Dynamics has been a leading producer of reactive armor for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle since 1995, with $417 million in Bradley reactive armor orders to date.

Reactive armor that currently equips the U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle is already saving lives and preventing crippling damage to combat vehicles in Iraq. The system is made up of tiles that fasten to the exterior of the vehicles. Equipped with the General Dynamics' reactive armor, combat vehicles are better able to withstand a direct hit from a variety of anti-armor munitions, including the shoulder-fired rocket propelled grenades that are prevalent in many of today's regional conflicts.

The production program will be directed from the General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products' Burlington Technology Center, Burlington, Vt., with U.S. tile production occurring at the company's reactive armor facility in Stone County Operations, McHenry, Miss. Work will be completed by August 2009.

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