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the patriot
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posted 17 November 2021 12:06     Profile for the patriot   Author's Homepage   Email the patriot     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote

Friday, November 17, 2021
GM Diesel lands $6B deal

By SHELLEY LAWSON, Free Press Business Reporter
GM Diesel's London-based defence division has landed the "holy grail of contracts."

The joint venture involving the company and Michigan-based General Dynamics Land Systems, will crank out 2,131 light-armoured vehicles for the United States Army at a cost of $6 billion Cdn.

The huge contract is the largest to be won by a London-based company.

"It's a heck of a contract and it will be one heck of a challenge," said Kevin McKittrick, GM spokesperson, who has called the project the "holy grail of contracts."

Mayor Dianne Haskett, reached at her new home in Washington, D.C., last night, was thrilled by the news.

"I'm so excited," she said. "I'm so glad the announcement came during my time as mayor.

"This is absolutely fabulous news for General Motors Diesel and for London. This could be a huge boon to the London economy."

Haskett plans to attend the army's news conference today in Washington, to announce the details.

While production will be shared between GM Defence and General Dynamics, production at the London plant will nearly double for the six years of the contract.

The joint venture involving GM's defence operations beat out 20 rival proposals.

GM has already hired 175 new employees and may hire more, particularly welders, said Bill Pettipas, executive director of GM Diesel.

But, with production at GM's London locomotive operations falling off, those employees will be used first to fill an additional shift on the defence side, said Pettipas.

GM's Diesel Division has a total of 2,700 employees in London, with about 1,200 in defence operations.

GM suppliers, several in the London area, will supply London and U.S. production to ensure identical vehicles.

"This is really amazing. I'd love to be a GM supplier," said Wayne Dunn, president of the London Chamber of Commerce.

"The spinoffs are just incredible," he said, pointing to the potential job creation at GM and its suppliers.

Every new job creates "spinoffs in all other sectors of the economy," he said.

"This could be the spark to ignite the fire. It potentially could spark a huge amount of growth," Dunn said.

In order to match input with it's 50-50 partner in the deal, Pettipas said GM will have to make more chassis for the armoured vehicles to equal the value of the more expensive 105-mm gun and turret being manufactured by General Dynamics.

GM will start delivery of the first 300 vehicles in about 10 months. The army will renew the contract every year for the next six years.

"I'm pretty happy. This is really a wonderful win for us. It really proves the product," said Pettipas.

It's the first time the U.S. army has purchased wheeled armoured vehicles and it could mean more business for GM in the U.S. and other nations, said Pettipas.

"The U.S. army is a very influential factor with other armies around the world."

LAV III SPECIFICATIONS

- The London-built LAV III is a full-time four-wheel drive, selective eight-wheel drive, armoured vehicle weighing 17.24 tonnes.

- It can travel 100 kilometres an hour on the highway and go 500 kilometres before refuelling.

- It can be operated by a two-person crew and carry an additional nine soldiers.

- The armour protects the crew and passengers from machine-gun bullets, mortar and artillery fragments.

- Armed with a 105mm cannon and mortar carrier with a 120mm mortar.
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posted 23 January 2021 04:30     Profile for McG   Email McG     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I find it amusing that the American LAV III APC will not have a turret. They are taking a step back and requiring a crewman expose himself to fire a 40 mm Grenade launcher or a .50 cal. That is what we are getting away from.
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The medium brigades are intended to fight primarily as a dismounted force. They want more infantry dismounts in the vehicle, and to be able to dismount the support weapon. These facts militate against both the turret basket and weapons fixed in a turret. The APC configuration is intended to carry either the MG or the AGL, but not both.
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Originally posted by McG:
I find it amusing that the American LAV III APC will not have a turret. They are taking a step back and requiring a crewman expose himself to fire a 40 mm Grenade launcher or a .50 cal. That is what we are getting away from.

I think you'll find that the APC version has a remotly controled mounting some what like the MG mounting on the the Marder I,only very high tech!

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posted 06 February 2021 15:35     Profile for McG   Email McG     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
All the pictures i have seen show a crew member exposed to the outside world to fire the MG. I have hear of a second vehicle with a remote opperated weapons station. But the pictures are too small and printed details to vague to determine what it is. It is not the 105 gun, it looks like the APC.
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posted 06 February 2021 15:45     Profile for McG   Email McG     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
No, on closer look it apears you are right. They are the same vehicle. Check out the entire line up here:
http://www.gdls.com/releases/IAV_Specsheet.pdf

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