Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saudi Arabia Orders 724 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) for $2.2 billion


General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has been awarded a $2.2 billion U.S. foreign military sale contract for the supply of 724 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV II) for an unnamed customer, thought to be the Royal Saudi-Arabian National Guard. Vehicle deliveries will begin in April 2011.Ten variants of the vehicles will be produced based on a common chassis derived from the 8x8 LAV II model, also used by the Canadian forces. Vehicles provided under this contract will be the LAV II version – a 300 horsepower 8x8 vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of up to 32,000 lbs (14,500 kg). The vehicles will be produced in 10 different variants. The new order could improve GDLS' competitive position regarding the planned procurement of a new armored vehicle for the Canadian Army.

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