US Special Ops Command Extends Contract for Ground Mobility Vehicle
US Special Ops Command Extends Contract for Ground Mobility Vehicle

US Special Ops Command Extends Contract for Ground Mobility Vehicle

General Dynamics Ordinance 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. This modification raises the contract ceiling to $613,850,752 and extends the contract by two years for a total performance period of nine years. The Flyer 72 was offered as a contender in the GMV 1.1 competition to replace SOCOM’s fleet of 1,072 Humvee-based Ground Mobility Vehicles. The work will be performed in Anniston, Alabama, and is expected to be completed by August 2022. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Flyer 72 - Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a M230 Chain Gun mounted at the gunner's station
Flyer 72 – Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a M230 Chain Gun mounted at the gunner’s station

The Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform has been developed by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), in partnership with Flyer Defense LLC, for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle Program. In March 2015, the U.S. Army changed the name of the ULCV to the Ground Mobility Vehicle. 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 Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform configurations are the Flyer 72 and the narrower Flyer 60.

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Flyer 72- Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a GAU-19/B .50 Cal Gatling Gun mounted at the gunner's station
Flyer 72- Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a GAU-19/B .50 Cal Gatling Gun mounted at the gunner’s station

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. GMV is intended to be carried internally in a CH-47 Chinook or externally by a UH-60 Black Hawk. In order to be survivable but transportable, the GMV would be lightly armored and use speed, maneuverability, and off-road mobility to avoid major threats.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 U.S. Army Ground Mobility Vehicles (now called A-GMV or AGMV) and associated kits.

Flyer 72 - Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a MK44 30mm MiniGun mounted at the gunner's station
Flyer 72 – Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 with a MK44 30mm MiniGun mounted at the gunner’s station

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems delivered the first Army-Ground Mobility Vehicles (A-GMV 1.1) to the US Army, marking the First Unit Equipped (FUE), delivered within four months of contract award and consisted of vehicles, spares and training. Estimated completion of the contract is March 2019..1, 9-man version.The A-GMV 1.1 is configured to carry an airborne infantry combat squad of nine paratroopers, and their gear – a payload capacity of over 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg). The vehicle has an open design, modifiable into flexible configurations, by remote and manned turrets, armor, or arctic kits.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) Flyer 72 - Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) Flyer 72 – Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1
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