General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle Hull Design Meets Marine Corps'
Successful mine-blast test confirms hull design's lifesaving characteristics.
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 5, 2012
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Land
Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), recently conducted
simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat
Vehicle (ACV) ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps' current ACV
mine-blast survivability requirements.
Funded through General Dynamics' internal research and development
initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems, Inc., at
the National Ordnance and Ballistic Test Center in Camden, Ark. The
successful tests simulated an underbelly mine-blast event on the forward and
aft sections of the General Dynamics ACV ballistic hull.
The tests confirmed that General Dynamics' hull design meets the Marine Corps'
ACV survivability requirement and provided an early assessment of the
unprecedented level of protection against threshold and objective threat
levels that the new hull design will provide to the Marines Corps.
"General Dynamics Land Systems continues to invest in support of the U.S.
Marine Corps' development efforts toward a modern Amphibious Combat Vehicle,"
said Michael Bolon, senior vice president, Marine and Navy sector at General
Dynamics Land Systems. "The successful results of these company-funded tests
reinforce our confidence in our ability to deliver a low-risk Amphibious
Combat Vehicle solution with mature and affordable technology, drawing on the
industry's broadest base of amphibious combat vehicle knowledge and experience
to deliver solutions that meet the Marine Corps' requirements."
In addition to evidence of the hull design's survivability characteristics,
this test also provides empirical data to correlate survivability models that
will be used to refine and confirm performance of the General Dynamics' hull
design, which will also be tested by the government under the ACV Hull
Survivability Demonstrator contract.
"This testing is critical for General Dynamics," said Bolon. "We are
committed to providing a successful long-term, balanced and affordable
solution, and the information we've gathered enhances our ability to do so."
The ACV Hull Survivability Demonstrator contract, awarded in August 2012, is
for the design, fabrication and test support of a full-scale hull to
demonstrate crew-protection technologies. Work will conclude by May 2013 and
will be used to refine ACV requirements for effective protection against
threats from under-vehicle blasts and fragmentation devices.
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SOURCE General Dynamics Land Systems
Contact: Media: Karl G. Oskoian, General Dynamics Land Systems,
+1-586-825-7980, or Investors: Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics,
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