General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is teaming with BAE Systems
Ground Systems Division, to offer vehicles to the MRAP program.
GDLS Canada will provide the program management and logistic
support while South African based BAE Systems Land Systems OMC
will manufacture the vehicles in BAE Systems' facilities in
York, Pennsylvania. For the MRAP program the team is offering
the RG- 31 Mk5, the latest version of the highly successful
RG-31 vehicle family, offering significant increase in power
and payload while enhancing mine blast resistance and protection
against both improvised explosive devices and ballistic threats.
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is providing vehicles for
both Category I and Category II requirements of the MRAP program
under this contract.
Protection, Inc. and General Dynamics Land Systems are forming
a joint venture to offer the Cougar
4x4 and 6x6 armored vehicles for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
(MRAP) vehicle program, a U.S. joint services program being
managed by the U.S. Marine Corps. The joint venture was formed
to offer Force Protection's Cougar 4x4 and 6x6 armored vehicles
as an MRAP solution. The joint venture called Force Dynamics
will include an experienced team in program management, systems
engineering, production and service support from both Force
Protection and General Dynamics. The companies are already
cooperating in the fabrication of the armored capsule for
The 1st Marine Expeditionary
Force requested 1,169 MRAP vehicles. The program calls for a
commercially available off-road and highway capable armor and
mine protected vehicle, configured for personnel, cargo and
litter transportation. The vehicle should have a payload capacity
of 5000 lbs, and will be able to carry 6 – 10 troops.
The vehicle will be configured to carry existing gunner protected
turrets or remotely controlled weapon stations, enabling the
gunner to load, operate and engage targets from fully protected
positions. To improve recovery after mine damage, the vehicle
will be built of modular components that could break away from
the vehicle in the case of a blast. Its energy absorbing seats
should be capable of withstanding the accelerative effects of
The armor protection of the vehicle include mine protection
and ballistic protection of the full, roof protection from overhead
airburst and side protection against fragmentation and blast.
The transparent armor windows will have protection level equal
to or greater than that of the ballistic armor on the vehicle,
and will have built-in gun-ports. RPG protection could also
be an option.