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AM General touts Humvee replacement offering
by Richard Tomkins
South Bend, Ind. (UPI) Jul 20, 2013


U.S. allies order ATK weaponry
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Jul 21, 2013 - International contracts worth $220 million to provide medium-caliber cannons and aftermarket services have been received by ATK.

The Virginia-headquartered company did not identify the countries contracting their services -- it only identified them as U.S. allies.

"Providing defensive weapons systems and support services to our country's allies is at the core of our international business and represents important growth across many of our key products," said Mike Kahn, senior vice president and president of ATK's Defense Group. "ATK brings experience, innovation and value to its customers, earned from its unique position in the defense industry as a systems designer, manufacturer and maintainer."

The company indicated that the weapons it will supply will be its Bushmaster chain gun and Automatic Cannon system which can be integrated aboard a variety of land, sea and air platforms.

The company added that its full product lifecycle support offers customizable programs for integrated logistics, OEM-quality spares, training, field service support, repair, and remanufacturing capabilities for its entire line of Bushmaster chain guns and cannons.

Additional details of the awards, including delivery schedules, were not disclosed.

AM General's offered replacement vehicle for the U.S. military's Humvee successfully completed month of off-road government testing, the company says.

The testing of the Blast Resistant Vehicle - Offroad (cq) was part of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, in which 22 prototype vehicles from each contender is being evaluated.

"As the most experienced light tactical vehicle company in the world, having designed, tested, built and fielded more than 1.5 million vehicles, we are very pleased with BRV-O's performance to date and EMD testing was very much in line with our projections," said AM General Vice President of Business Development and Program Management Chris Vanslager. "We look forward to getting this modern and innovative vehicle that provides unmatched situational awareness, protection, performance and payload at an affordable price into the hands of our customers as soon as possible.

"Light tactical vehicles are in our DNA and we are setting the pace on integrating components, meeting timelines and other requirements and working closely with our military customer representatives daily."

The BRV-O features a modular armored crew capsule, a high-performance engine and transmission powertrain; a self-leveling suspension, and a C4ISR open-standard networked architecture communication and computer system.

AM General's competitors for the JLTV are Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense.

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