GD to produce Stryker reactive armour


General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a contract valued more than $150 million to qualify and produce reactive armor tile sets for the Stryker family of armoured personnel carriers.

Deliveries are expected to begin in March 2010.

General Dynamics Land Systems is the original equipment manufacturer of the Stryker vehicle, initially a licence-produced Swiss Mowag Piranha III. Mowag is now part of GDLS Europe.

A company news release says General Dynamics’ reactive armor system comprises tiles that fasten to the exterior of the Stryker family of vehicles, allowing it to better withstand hits from a variety of anti-armor munitions.
“Our reactive armor technology is light-weight and provides an increased level of equipment and troop protection against shape-charged threats, including rocket-propelled grenades or RPGs,” said Russ Klein, vice president and general manager of weapon systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “We are proud to work with our General Dynamics’ teammates to provide potentially life-saving technologies to US servicemen and women.”

The US Army has bought over 2550 Strykers since 2000.