NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Textron Marine & Land Systems and Alabama's MDT Armor are partnering to design, manufacture and market a light armored vehicle.
The companies said the Tiger LAV will be based on a Dodge RAM 5500 platform, will be able to carry up to nine people and will be ballistic and mine-blast protected with various add-on armor options.
"The Tiger is a high-quality, off-road vehicle in the light armor segment that meets the needs of a wide variety of potential customers," said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. "With our lean manufacturing expertise and the low life-cycle cost of the Tiger we feel like this is an excellent teaming opportunity."
The Tiger will be powered by a Cummins 350 HP diesel engine and will have a 127-inch wheel base. A roof-mounted, remote-controlled weapon station, or man-operated turret are optional
"Textron Marine & Land Systems has a proven track record in successfully taking prototype products to full-rate production at optimum cost and reliability with on-time delivery," MDT Armor Corporation Executive Vice President Jonathan Whartman said. "The Tiger is a versatile light protected armored vehicle and we're looking forward to working together with Textron Marine & Land Systems to bring it to market."