Oshkosh Defense was awarded a U.S. Army contract potentially worth nearly $1 billion integrate 30mm medium caliber weapons systems onto Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
June 4 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense won a $942.9 million contract to integrate 30mm medium caliber weapons systems onto U.S. Army Stryker vehicles, the company said on Friday.
The upgrade to the Stryker Double V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle will provide "precision lethality capability to the Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Team," the company said Friday in a press release.
The contract calls for integration of the weapons system with three combat teams, as well as technical and logistical support.
The first delivery order, valued at about $130 million, includes 91 vehicles.
The Army could obtain up to six Stryker Brigades with the weapons system version, making the potential contract value about $942 million over six years, according to Oshkosh.
The weapon system, devised by Oshkosh Defense, Pratt & Miller Engineering and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, consists of a 30mm gun and a SAMSON turret, each currently in use by numerous NATO countries.
The system is mounted on a 16-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicle, nearly 23 feet long and capable of carrying nine soldiers, grenade launchers and other armaments.
The vehicle is designed for quick deployment, and is meant to fill a gap between lightly-armored Humvees and sturdier but hard-to-deploy M2 Bradley tanks.
The army's choice came after tests and evaluations conducted at the Aberdeen Test Center, Md. General Dynamics Land Systems, Kollsman Inc., Leonardo DRS, Raytheon and Pratt & Miller Engineering, EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc. and Oshkosh Defense were awarded study contracts in 2020.