General Dynamics wins contract for tanks

BURLINGTON General Dynamics officials in Burlington announced that the firm has secured a $37-million contract with the U.S. Army. The company is among the top providers of high-tech armor for various Army vehicles. The Vermont-made advanced armor covers the wheels and tracks of the Bradley M2 and M3 tanks. Laminate belts and hardened steel skirts add to the vehicles overall armor protection. The new contract will enable the company to continue the manufacture of the protective plating for the Bradley vehicles. According to the Army, the M2 holds a crew of three: commander, gunner and driver; as well as six foot soldiers. The M3 is a scouting vehicle and holds a crew of three plus two scouts. Despite some critics, the vehicles have an excellent record in the battlefield with few casualties. The M2 and M3 models weigh approximately 33 tons each and cost $3,166,000 a piece. The Bradleys engineering and parts procurement are performed at General Dynamics Burlington facility, but the assembly is completed at a Mississippi plant.

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