General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ GMV 1.1 vehicle for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is moving into low rate initial production (LRIP), according to a company release. The GMV 1.1, based on the Flyer 72 platform jointly developed by GDOTS and Flyer Defense, has reached its Milestone C decision. GDOTS will now produce and deliver 72 vehicles to USSOCOM by 2016.
“This is a significant accomplishment for our GMV 1.1 team. We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with USSOCOM and we are fully committed to providing this unique capability on schedule and within cost,” said Tim Neaves, director of lightweight vehicle programs for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.
Based on the Flyer 72 with USSOCOM-directed modifications, the light, highly mobile vehicle can be carried internally by a CH-47 or MH-47 Chinook. The Flyer 72 has a top speed of 100 mph, a cruising range of 350 miles, and can carry up to nine operators with their gear while traversing rough terrain, according to the company. It is able to carry a payload greater than its own weight, and can be reconfigured without any special tools to carry out a wide range of specific mission sets within the vehicle’s basic design, according to GDOTS.