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General Dynamics awarded $65-million military contract

Deal with the Colombian Ministry of National Defence covers light armoured vehicles


LONDON—The Colombian Ministry of National Defence has awarded a USD$65.3-million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for 24 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) for the Colombian Army. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics. The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a crown agency of the Government of Canada.

“We are proud to have been selected by the Colombian military to meet their armoured vehicle requirement and look forward to establishing a long-term relationship with this very important customer,” said Dr. Sridhar Sridharan , senior vice-president and general manager for International Operations, General Dynamics Land Systems.

The contract was a priority acquisition by the Colombian Ministry of National Defence and provides a new capability for the army. Vehicles provided under this contract will be the LAV III version with double-V hull technology and add-on armour that provides crew members with protection against mine blasts, IEDs and other threats. All vehicles will be equipped with a Rafael Remote Controlled Weapon Station. Deliveries will be completed by May 2014.