General Dynamics bags $227.4m contract from US Defence Dept

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has received a $227.4m delivery order from US Marine Corps Syst

The company said that the RG-31 Mk5E vehicles production will occur at BAE Systems Land Systems OMC of Benoni, South Africa and delivery of is expected to be completed by October 2010.

Sridhar Sridharan, senior vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, said: "We appreciate the confidence that the US military has in the RG-31 vehicle, as they conduct their missions in a dangerous and uncertain environment. We are pleased to have the opportunity to once again assist in protecting the lives of US soldiers."

The contract is in addition to the 1,402 RG-31 Mk5 vehicles already supplied by General Dynamics under the MRAP program. Separately, an additional 584 RG-31s were previously ordered by the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command for route-clearance vehicles, the company said. The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial, a crown agency of the Canadian Government.