Army taps General Dynamics for technologies for Stryker battalion

The Army awarded a $30 million contract to General Dynamics Corp. to bring voice, data and mapping technology to an experimental Stryker battalion.

As early as next year, as many as 500 Land Warrior and Stryker kits will be integrated into the experimental battalion. The system is expected to improve situational awareness and communications between dismounted soldiers and Stryker vehicles, according to a General Dynamics release.

The Land Warrior initiative uses sensors, integrated helmets, a communications-navigation computer system and software to help soldiers track friendly forces and to improve their situational awareness. The total program value under the contract is $258 million.

The Land Warrior and Stryker kits will be delivered March through May of 2006. General Dynamics received the award after successful completion of nearly four months of Land Warrior field testing at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2004, officials said.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, will perform work under the contract.

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