Textron, MDT partner for new LAV

Sept. 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

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."

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