General Dynamics to produce more Ground Mobility Vehicles for US Army

According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on August 19, 2020, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Florida, received a ceiling increase modification in the amount of $48,901,837 to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1.
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U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade transport C-wire to a controlled area with a Ground Mobility Vehicle to build vehicular obstacles August 15, 2020 as part of Exercise Saber Junction 20. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The U.S. Army Ground Mobility Vehicle (A-GMV or AGMV), previously just GMV, and formerly called the Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV), is a U.S. Army proposed airdroppable light off-road vehicle to improve the mobility of light infantry brigades.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) was awarded a $33.8 million contract on 22 May 2018, by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., for the production of Army Ground Mobility Vehicles (now called A-GMV or AGMV) and associated kits. The General Dynamics M1297 A-GMV 1.1 must not be confused with the prior M1288 GMV 1.1 vehicle, produced for (US)SOCOM, on which it is based, and with which it shares some 90 percent parts commonality.

The Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) provides enhanced tactical mobility for an Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) nine-Soldier infantry squad with their associated equipment to move quickly around the battlefield, to include medium distance insertion or repositioning operations. This allows commanders greater freedom of movement and freedom of action.

American Company General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has developed the Flyer, a family of lightweight tactical vehicles including the Flyer 60 and the Flyer 72. The Flyer 60 and Flyer 72 are based on the same modular chassis. The commonality between the two-vehicle designs provides for similar training, maintenance, and common inventory. The extensive use of common components means sustainment costs are greatly reduced.

The Flyer was offered as a contender in the GMV 1.1 competition to replace SOCOM's fleet of 1,072 Humvee-based Ground Mobility Vehicles. Requirements in 2012 called for a vehicle that weighed less than 7,000 lb (3,175 kg) and could carry up to seven troops. On 22 August 2013, General Dynamics was announced as the winner of the program and awarded a contract potentially worth $562 million. SOCOM plans to spend $24 million in FY 2014 for 101 vehicles, each worth $245,000. 1,300 are planned to be in service by September 2020. General Dynamics expects the Flyer to have international sales, such as to the British Special Air Service.

The Flyer 72 is a mature, highly mobile platform, with a payload capacity of over 2,300 kg and can be configured to multiple crew sizes (up to nine). It is capable of being guns up in under a minute after exiting the aircraft, and can carry a variety of armaments. Its adaptable communications suite provides an increased operating range and provides the operator real-time access to critical information.

As a reliable and high-performance vehicle, the Flyer® 72 offers safe and fast operating speeds with superior levels of mobility and maneuverability. It’s highly adaptable to severe, rugged and restrictive terrains while providing off-road, cross-country mobility in all types of weather conditions