General Dynamics lands $1.22B Army air defense contract
Systems designed to combat low-altitude aerial threats
The U.S. Army awarded Reston-based Fortune 100 defense contractor General Dynamics Corp.’s land systems division a potential five-year, $1.22 billion contract to manufacture and test systems that are designed to destroy, neutralize or deter low-altitude aerial threats, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
Under the contract, General Dynamics will provide Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense systems (IM-SHORAD) to the military service, according to the DOD. The Army designated General Dynamics’ land systems division as the platform integrator for the IM-SHORAD program.
Last October, General Dynamics unveiled a prototype of the new air defense system during the annual Association of the U.S. Army trade show.
“The Stryker A1 IM-SHORAD vehicle supports the Army’s short-range air defense operational gap,” according to a General Dynamics statement. “Armed with Hellfire and Stinger missiles and a 30mm cannon, its precision firepower defeats unmanned aerial systems as well as fixed wing and rotary wing threats.”
General Dynamics has a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees and generated $39.4 billion in 2019 revenue.