Looks like the U.S. defense industry is still managing to find overseas buyers for its gear. The U.S. Army announced yesterday that it had awarded a $126 million contract modification to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for more 73 Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) for a Foreign Military Sale. The modification of the original contract announced in January 2011 brings the contract total to $264 million for 155 LAVs.
The LAV—a cousin of the eight-wheeled Stryker infantry carrier used by the U.S. Army—has been the workhorse of the Canadian Army in operations in Afghanistan, but General Dynamics is remaining mum on who the buyer of the 155 LAVs is. The vehicles, which will be provided in six different variants, will consist of the upgraded LAV II version which packs 300 horsepower into an 8x8 vehicle that weighs 32,000 lbs.
It’s almost enough to make you thin that even if the American defense budget flattens, all might not be lost, huh?